A man who paid child support for 14 years was forced to keep paying even after it was revealed his “daughter” isn’t his biological child.
The UK man, who’s already paid R800 000 in child support, was left devastated when his ex confirmed he isn’t the father of her daughter, The Sun reports.
The man isn’t named to protect the privacy of the child.
Following the woman’s admission in October last year, the child maintenance service (CMS) agreed to close the case for any ongoing maintenance.
But the service refused to remove the man’s R42 000 arrears despite acknowledging that he isn’t the child’s father.
His repayment was recalculated to R774 a month in order to pay off the arrears. The funds were taken directly from his carer’s allowance benefit.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the man expressed his disbelief and frustration.
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“As someone who’s currently paying for a child the CMS have confirmed isn’t mine, I think it’s very important to highlight how they get away with what is effectively breaking the law,” he said.
“At the end of last year my ex told me my daughter wasn’t mine, which considering she was 14 years old at the time came as a bit of a shock.
“I was obviously devastated, especially as I’m a father of two disabled boys who I care for full-time.
“I have literally given my ex tens of thousands over the last 14 years that could have been spent on them, although I’m more upset because I loved my 'daughter' with all my heart and did my best for her.
“I asked how that works because the child isn’t mine and they’d confirmed that. So here I’m paying arrears I don’t owe, for a child that isn’t mine.
“It’s a farce and the CMS should be ashamed.”
The man has since tried to dispute the arrears but says the CMS told him he’d need a DNA test to prove he wasn’t the girl’s father, the Mirror reports.
While he agreed, the mother refused to respond to the request for a DNA test.
The case has since been closed due to the woman’s refusal to respond to requests for information.