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DNA test not enough to relieve Colorado man of child support duty

Dealing with child support issues can be onerous and emotional for many people. While Colorado courts try to enforce payment arrangements that are equitable, some people may still feel that they are not getting a fair deal.

One 48-year-old Coloradan is being forced to pay $730 a month in child support for a child that a DNA test has proven is not biologically his. A mistake made in submitting the DNA test led to the court’s rejection of it. The man has argued that he would not object to paying child support if he had visitation, but there has been no contact between him or the child since the truth surfaced. The ex-wife claims that the teenager doesn’t want to see the man who raised her and that the man cut off his relationship with the teen, while the man claims that the ex-wife is the one preventing him from seeing her.

While the mother could legally seek child support from the biological father, she says it would not be fair for the biological father to pay for a child he did not know about – especially since the father has his own family. To further complicate matters, the 48-year-old’s name is still on the birth certificate and the biological father has no intention of making a legal claim on the child. The man discovered the truth from the mother when the girl was 11 years old – they divorced when the child was two.

Parents who feel they are unfairly paying child support, or who are denied access to their children often feel frustrated with the court system. Those people may wish to contact an attorney who is experienced in these matters.

Source: Fox31 Denver, “Man forced to pay child support despite DNA test results,” Rob Low, July 27, 2016

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