AKRON -- A Summit County mother and daughter finally see justice.
When Judy started a case to win support for her daughter, Taylor was 6. Now she's 20 and Dad has finally paid up.
"It didn't seem real because it had gone on for so long," said Judy, who asked us not to use her last name or the name of Taylor's father.
After 14 years of fighting, the family won a settlement of more than $125,000, the largest lump-sum payment in Summit County history.
"I know that she's worked really hard her whole life just to support me. She was the only one there for me," said Taylor.
"I just wanted her to have an easier time. It was already, I think, challenging that she did not have a father-figure in her life. And did not have the things that otherwise she might have been able to have," said Judy.
With the help of the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, Judy worked through years of hearings.
The father denied results of a paternity test, forcing prosecutors to appeal three times and hold two trials just to establish paternity, which happened in 2008.
Then it took five years of wrangling to collect the money Dad owed.
"It was shut off many, many times because there were ways that he was able to not pay," said Judy.
"We have a lot of cases where people will protest and will fight it and argue it. And they'll drag it out," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "We are always aggressive in child support cases. If we have to go 14 years, to get somebody the support they deserve, that's exactly what we're going to do."
Now Taylor, a junior at Kent State University who's worked two jobs to stay in school, has a little cushion. And Judy encourages other parents battling it out for their children not to give up.
"It definitely takes away the worry and the stress of being able to pay for things and particularly right now in getting her through college," said Judy.
"I think she's always really wanted that for me," said Taylor.
Walsh says the goal is always to get parents to show their support and remove any barriers in the way that keep them from doing so.
The office is holding an amnesty event -- Child Support Solutions -- Aug. 16 and 17 in Akron to encourage parents to come out.
It will be held at The Job Center on East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Dozens of agencies will be there to help parents reinstate their driver's license, start a payment plan or get on track.
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