When a man received a letter from an agency asking him to pay for child support, he was furious. He wasn't ready to pay a dime in the name of child support.
Before taking any step, he showed the letter to his lawyer and asked him for advice. He told him everything that had happened in the past.
After some time, the news spread like wildfire, and everyone on social media started humiliating him and looking down on him for destroying a child's future. On the other hand, the man was adamant about not paying anything to the child's mother and was ready to take a DNA test to prove his claims.
The man was ready to take a DNA test. | Source: Unsplash
Redditor Disastrous_Drama6268 posted his story in the "AITA" forum on Reddit, asking other people if he was at fault for not paying child support.
He recalled allowing the woman and her newborn child to move in with him and refused to take rent from them. He only allowed them to live with him out of mercy.
Since he wasn't fond of children, he never interacted with the baby. After some time, he decided to get married, so he asked the lady to move out.
He allowed the woman and her child to live in his house. | Source: Unsplash
He had planned to sell the house and then move in with his partner. Little did he know how the lady would use his kindness against him.
On the day of the hearing, he requested the judge for a DNA test and said he would bear the test fee.
A few months ago, the man received a letter in his mail. When he opened it, he saw the same woman's name mentioned in it.
He moved in with his husband. | Source: Unsplash
The letter was from an agency asking him to pay the woman child support since he was the child's father. The man was shocked after reading the letter because he was sure he wasn't the father.
She claimed that his name was written on the birth certificate, so he had to pay $1000 per week for the child. It sent the man 13 years down memory lane.
He immediately contacted his lawyer and asked him what to do next. He also wanted his lawyer to attend the court session and ask the judge to allow him to take a DNA test.
He received a letter in the mail. | Source: Unsplash
On the day of the hearing, he requested that the judge grant a DNA test and said he would bear the test fee. The judge allowed him to take the test.
Meanwhile, the woman started yelling at him, saying he had no right to deny child support when his name was there on the birth certificate.
"The test came back negative, we went to court again, she said because I paid for the test, the doctor at the lab would alternate the test result to my favor," he stated.
He asked his lawyer for help. | Source: Pexels
The judge closed the case and asked the woman to pay the court fee and half of the DNA test fee. He also instructed her to get a new birth certificate for her child.
The man recalled what had happened 13 years ago with a smile. After her family discovered she was pregnant, they kicked her out because she didn't know who the father was. Since she had nowhere to go, the man offered her his place to live.
He took her to the hospital when she was to deliver the baby. The hospital management wanted someone to sign as the child's father, so the woman begged him to do it.
He allowed her to stay at his house because her parents had kicked her out. | Source: Pexels
Without thinking twice, he signed the papers. He could only see the woman's tears and feel her pain at that time. His naive decision led him into trouble.
After the court trial ended, the news about the man not paying child support spread like wildfire. The woman publicly humiliated him on social media, saying he destroyed a child's future.
The man said he could afford to pay the weekly amount, but he didn't want to spend his money on a child he didn't know. He asked other Redditors if he was at fault for not paying the money.
He took her to the hospital when she went into labor. | Source: Unsplash
"She used you to avoid a scandal and to have stability, and then she tried to use you again," Redditor therogueheart1967 stated, assuring the man he was not at fault.
"You have no moral or legal obligation to that child or her," the user added. Redditor RiverSong_777 pointed out that he made a mistake by signing the birth certificate, but that didn't mean he had to pay child support.
Redditor PurpleMarsAlien said the man was lucky because some states give people a short period to contest paternity. She felt the man got out of a tricky situation very quickly.
Most Redditors told the man he was not at fault, and he didn't have to pay anything to the woman because he was not the father.
The man turned to Reddit to ask other people if he was at fault. | Source: Unsplash
Questions to Ponder:
Do you think the woman used the man for years?
The woman stayed at the man's house for free with her child before moving out. He used to buy groceries for her, and she did the house chores in return. When she moved out and realized that she didn't have money, she filed a case against him. Do you think she only used the man for her benefit?
What would you do if you were in the man's place?
He said he had enough money to pay child support every week, but he didn't want to because he didn't know who the father was. Perhaps, he would have helped the woman if she had asked for money instead of filing a case against him. What would you do if you were in his place?
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