Many men spend their child’s entire life believing that they are the father, only to find out that they have been raising someone else’s child. It may seem heartless to suggest paternity tests UK for every child of divorce, but testing children for paternity before support is ordered will go a long way to ensure that fathers are only required to support children who are biologically theirs. It is devastating for fathers and their children to learn that they are not biologically related, but it’s best to learn the truth as soon as possible.

Being Married Doesn’t Guarantee Paternity

Mike Yates experienced one of the best days of his life when his son was born. He had always wanted to be a father and doted on the son he believed was his. He taught his son important things like how to ride a bike. He married Michael’s mum when she was just 18 and they were overjoyed to learn that she was pregnant a year later. He had no idea that the son she was carrying actually belonged to another man. They raised the baby together for a couple of years until his wife began to spend more time with friends. Not long before Michael’s third birthday his mother announced that she didn’t love his father any longer. He moved out of the home, still believing that Michael was his son.

DNA Test Results Can Be Shocking

Mike heard rumours from his friends that Michael was not his son when the boy was 17 years old. He suggested a paternity test to dispel the rumors and was shocked when the results came back negative, only two days before Michael turned 18. They sent the test in firmly believing that it would come back positive and were sickened by the results. Michael confronted his mother and she said that the results had to be a mistake, however she failed to contest the DNA test results in court. She refuses to talk to Michael about the identity of his biological father.

Being Deceived Leads to Regrets

Mike had been needlessly paying maintenance to his ex-wife for many years. Mike and Michael still treat each other as father and son because it is the only relationship they have known. After his divorce, Mike remarried and decided not to start a family with his new wife because he believed that they both had children. He now regrets this decision, knowing that Michael is not his son. Now he will have no biological grandchildren and there will be nobody to carry on the family bloodline. He doted on his son for 18 years and is now emotionally devastated. Mike is now considering a lawsuit against his ex, but insists that it is about the betrayal and not the money.

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