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Man fights for fathers' rights after DNA test

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A paternity test may bring good news or bad news to a man in Texas whose fatherhood is in question. In another state, the results of a DNA test meant the end of fathers' rights for one man. Although he tried to fight for his cause in court, without an attorney to assist him, he made some crucial errors.

The man married a woman who was pregnant, and he believed he was the father of the baby. The marriage lasted for about two years before the couple divorced. When the child was 11, a DNA test proved that another man was the father. As soon as the results of the test were known, the mother denied her ex-husband any contact with the child he had considered his daughter since before her birth. Nevertheless, the man was obligated to continue making the child support payments agreed upon in the divorce settlement.

Four years later, the man attempted to present the DNA results to a judge in an effort to be excused from the $730 monthly child support payments. However, because he did not follow legal procedure for presenting evidence, the test could not be admitted in court. Consequently, even though his ex-wife refuses to allow him visitation or custody, the man has no choice but to continue paying support until the child turns 19 years old.

The biological father does not feel he should be made to contribute to the child's welfare at this point, and the mother agrees. The man paying support says he would not mind the payments if he could see the little girl. Undoubtedly, he understands that having an experienced family law attorney to advise him may have brought a more positive resolution to his complicated situation. People in Texas who have concerns about fathers' rights would benefit from contacting a lawyer who can answer their questions.

Source: lawnewz.com, "Man Legally Forced to Pay Child Support Even After DNA Test Proves He's Not Dad", Chris White, July 28, 2016

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