When it comes to issues regarding child custody, courts all over the United States tend to make these decisions based on what is believed to be the best interests of the child. This also tends to hold true when a man discovers that he may not be the biological father of a child borne by his wife or significant other after he has believed for years that he was the father and supporting that child.
However, that seems to be changing, at least in Connecticut. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled in a case that it is allowable for a man who thought that he was the father of a girl to pursue a recovery against the biological father. The plaintiff had suspected that he was not the biological father and a DNA test proved that he was not. A man who was a former colleague of the plaintiff’s now ex-wife has been proven to be the biological father of the girl in question.
This ruling tends to stand in contrast to rulings that have been made in the past in other states, including California, but the court reasoned that in this situation the girl likely already knew that the plaintiff was not the father and that there was little in the way of additional harm that could be done. The child in question is now of adult age, and the court allowed the man to pursue his claim of $190,000 in damages in the lower courts in the state.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Clearly, this case represents a unique set of circumstances that would likely not arise very often. However, when issues of paternity arise in conjunction with child support, the legal situations can become extremely complicated and extremely charged in an emotional sense very quickly. Anyone who has questions of paternity or child support should seek immediate professional help.
If you are facing problems with regards to children in your marriage or former marriage, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.