Can a Man Be a Father AND Have Child Support Reimbursed?

New Jersey court turns down man's belated request for a declaration of non-paternity.
This is the case of the crocodile tears, which Wikipedia defines as "false or insincere weeping, a hypocritical display of emotions."

A little girl believed a man was her father. She loved him, and he said he loved her, even after he and the mother divorced. But the man was willing to tell the little girl he was not her father if that would get him out of paying child support.

The facts are simple: The man and his wife married in 1991. They separated in 1994 but reconciled in mid-1996. The child was born in February 1997. (Don't you think this timing raises a paternity question?)

The couple eventually divorced in 1999. The mother had custody of the child. The man claimed that in 2003, the mother told him he was not the father. The man said that in 2004, he took the child for genetic testing which proved he was not the father. The man kept this information to himself until 2006, when the mother requested the court to raise child support.

The man told the court that he was "reluctant" to bring up the paternity issue. However, he "had no choice, but to raise the issue in court." So he asked the court to force the mother to disclose the biological father's identity and make her repay all child support she had received, retroactive to the child's birth.

But the man wasn't completely heartless. He told the court that he wanted to continue to have a close relationship with the child, including spending more time with her. He even asked the court to appoint a mental health professional "to assist the parties in addressing paternity issues."

What a guy.

The court refused the father's request for a declaration of non-paternity. The court observed that the man was the only father the child had ever known, that their relationship was close, and that the child's world would fall apart "like a house of cards" if she learned the man was not her father.

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