The Helsinki Court of Appeal has sided with a district court that a man should pay child support for a child born after his then wife had an affair.
The Helsinki Times reports that the man’s wife gave birth to the child in 2014, but it was only two years later that he found out that he was not the biological father of the child. This resulted in the couple’s divorce and the man applied for abolishment of paternity, which was not granted.
According to Finnish law, individuals have up to 24 months to apply for voiding paternity of a child born in wedlock, if the person can prove that the child is not biologically related.
His ex-wife took him to court for child support and the district court then ruled that he has to pay child support as well as all his ex-wife’s legal costs.
The man then took the matter to the Court of Appeal, but the outcome was the same.
The ruling was based on the fact that the man missed the 24 month deadline. But, he argued that at the time when he found out that the child wasn’t his, he had to deal with the stress related to the matter as well as the divorce proceedings, that’s why he missed the deadline.
It still wasn’t enough to convince the courts.
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