Paternity test frees man of further child support
After paying over $35,000 in maintenance for a child over an eight-year period, a retiree today discovered that he was not the father.
And he will be trying to get his money back.
The discovery was made today in court when, during the hearing of a family matter, the results of a requested paternity test came back negative.
Barbados TODAY understands that the presumed father, who recently retired, had been having his salary garnished by the court bimonthly.
That ceased after the man’s retirement last year and the mother returned to court for the maintenance order to be enforced.
It was at that point that the man requested a paternity test.
He had also discovered that the child no longer lived with her mother, and when he visited the Child Care Board to discuss the situation and the denial of his access to the child, he learned that the woman had presented another man to the board as the father.
Additionally, he found out that the little girl had been in a Government-run institution for the past two years.
That was confirmed in testimony from the Child Care Board.
While the unemployed woman had continued collecting maintenance from the court, she had not made any financial contribution towards the child during the time she was institutionalized.
With the paternity test results now in, the man is no longer obligated to make the child support payments. Expressing frustration at the situation, he said he would be seeking to recover the money he had paid over the years.