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Man paid child support for another's child, sues mother

When Massachusetts readers encounter a story about child support, the arch of the tale usually follows a predictable course. A mother and father struggle over the amount of child support that must be paid for the care of a shared child or children. A related story is often the failure of a non-custodial parent, which is more often than not the father, to make the payments as scheduled.

While this may be the context in which the media usually portrays child support, it is not an inclusive account of the matter. Take, for instance, the recently reported story of a man who paid thousands in child support, only to eventually find that the child in question is not his biological offspring. While this case may not represent the usual course of events in child support struggles, it does serve as a cautionary tale for others who have doubts about the paternity of their children.

The man in question did doubt that he was the child's father, but took the word of the mother and made the child support payments that were laid out to a family court judge. Recently, however, the child's mother married, and she made efforts to have her husband adopt her child. As a result of that process, DNA testing was completed, which showed that the man paying child support is not the child's father.

As a result, the man is now suing the mother for defrauding him out of as much as $30,000 in child support. He is also asking for $100,000 in punitive damages, as well as his court costs. As the matter comes before a court, the woman may find herself on the hook for all of the child support she received, plus even more in punitive damages. In the meanwhile, the story serves as a warning to all men in Massachusetts or elsewhere who have doubts concerning the parentage of the children they call their own. In cases such as these, men who have been deceived and defrauded have a clear avenue of legal recourse.

Source:, "Lawsuit: Man pays thousands in child support, finds out child's not his," July 31, 2013

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