In Australia, a man took his 14-year-old son for a DNA paternity test.
He had been suspicious for some time that the boy was not his son due
to several comments that the boy looking nothing like him and the fact
that he caught his wife in, uh, unusual circumstances with a neighbor.
The paternity test sadly confirmed his suspicions that the boy was most
definitely NOT his biological son.
The couple was already divorced after 25 years of marriage, and the man
had been paying $700 every month for child support plus school fees and
his trips overseas. One he learned that he was not the father, he took
his ex-wife back to court, and
she was ordered to repay him the $12,969 from child support, which includes $4,038 in court costs. She has only 12 months to do so.
On the one hand, this sounds like a grand victory for a man who was essentially
swindled into paying thousands for child support. However, the case took
an even sadder turn in that the man has chosen to no longer be in contact
with the boy who has believed this man was his father for 14 years. It’s
been a year and a half since the boy saw him.
It’s certainly understandable that the man feels some resentment
for being tricked into paying child support, but in all respects, the
boy was completely innocent of all of his mother’s wrongdoings.
Through no fault of his own, he’s been cast aside from the only
father figure he has ever known. His mother may have lost out a good sum
of money, but it’s plain to see that the boy has lost the most in
Australia obviously has different laws than the state of Texas, but based
on recent changes to the law detailed in one of
our earlier blog posts, it’s not too far-fetched to think that a similar case could happen
right here. Most of us can agree that this was not handled well on all
fronts. This boy was sadly a pawn in his parents’ warfare against
one another, or was possibly the unknowing victim of the mother’s
greed or ignorance. Regardless, this case clearly calls to attention that
when going through a divorce, parties must think of what is best for their
children and not for them personally. It also stresses the importance
of resolving the issues of support and paternity sooner rather than later.
Father’s have a right to request testing; in some cases, it might
not be a bad idea.