A dad in Ontario, Canada, is demanding a full refund of child support money he paid over a period of sixteen years to a child he believed was his.


The dad met the child’s mother back in 1997 when they had what was described as a “casual sexual relationship” resulting in their child being born eight months later, 10-12 weeks premature.


Both mum and dad signed all of the relevant paperwork as parents of the child and though they did not live as a family unit, nor was there ever a bond made between dad and child, he continued to pay $100 a month for sixteen years.


When the mum asked for a raise in this amount, things began to unravel when he demanded a DNA test that revealed he was not actually the dad. From here on in, the dad’s child support payments ceased but he also asked that he be repayed $17,000 for the child support payed over the previous sixteen years.


However, the court refused his request, stating that he had “shown a settled intention right from the beginning to treat the child as his own and could not withdraw his financial support unilaterally.”


The court also claimed that the mum had not misled the dad and actually admitted when the child was two-year-old that there may be a chance he was not the child’s father due to an ‘overlap’ with her former husband at the time of conception. The courts argue he could have asked for a DNA test in the following fourteen years but failed to, and so was not entitled to any money back.


The case has began interesting debates as to whether the dad did actually deserve to get his money back in full, or whether the courts were right in their refusal.