Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Paternity Test Dear Shirley and Steve, Let me get to the point. My kids’ father is tripping. He has requested we go on a T.V. show to do a paternity test, but when we went to court for child support he never contested paternity. We were together for six years and have three kids, but he is engaged and has moved on. Why is he doing this to our kids? I never gave him any reason to doubt that he is the father but he keeps telling me that he has no money. That is not my problem. His fiancee does not work and lives on section 8 so he pays reduced rent and constantly gets arrested. That is why my kids cannot go over to his place. I work fulltime and recently bought a house by myself. He does not respect how I try to live — a Christian life. He calls and texts every payday to curse me out. All he cares about is trying to one up me in life. What is his problem?
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