Custody win for sperm donor father

Ainsley Pavey, Courier Mail, Brisbane

  Picture: Hornby Scott Source: The Daily Telegraph A SPERM donor who secretly fathered two girls in two Australian states four years apart will raise his eldest daughter and have sole rights to decide where she goes to school after winning a bitter custody dispute. The 47-year-old father’s identity is protected under the Family Law […]

Mother to repay wrong man’s child support

Shelley Hadfield - The Daily Telegraph

A MOTHER has been ordered to repay child support to a man she claimed was her son’s father after he discovered he cannot conceive. For nine years the man believed the child was his after what he says was a “one-night stand”. He told a court he believed the mother manipulated the situation. The woman […]

Fathers demand mandatory paternity testing

Patricia Karvelas - the Australian

A men’s rights group has called for mandatory paternity testing of all babies after government figures revealed almost 600 instances of men compelled to financially support children they did not father.

Since changes to child support laws four years ago, there had been 586 cases of men successfully using DNA testing to show they were not biologically related to children they had been financially supporting, the federal government has revealed to The Australian.

Dads turning to DNA to resolve child support disputes

ABC PM Program, Mark Colvin, Nicola Fell, Sue Price etc

MARK COLVIN: Surveys differ wildly on the percentage of men who falsely believe  they’re the father of a child. A UK study put it at 30 per cent. Melbourne’s Swinburne University said it was  just one per cent. But what’s clear is that with DNA testing becoming more accessible, paternity is  also getting easier to […]

Men are losing their families

Maxine Frith - The Sun- Herald

Steven Gillespie was overjoyed when his girlfriend of several months told him  she was pregnant. Picture: An awful realisation … Steven Gillespie had his daughter’s name tattooed on his chest, only to find out he wasn’t her biological father. They moved in together and he was present at the birth of their daughter – his  […]

Dads turning to DNA to resolve child support disputes

Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( ABC), Reporter: Nicola Fell,

MARK COLVIN: Surveys differ wildly on the percentage of men who falsely believe they’re the father of a child.
A UK study put it at 30 per cent. Melbourne’s Swinburne University said it was just one per cent.
But what’s clear is that with DNA testing becoming more accessible, paternity is also getting easier to identify.
And the recent reform of child support laws has also empowered men. In fact there’s been a spate of cases where women have been forced to pay back child support to men they wrongly identified as the father.

Legal minefield for deceived fathers

Leonie Lamontm Sydney Morning Herald

During an interstate access visit, and a trip to the Melbourne Show, Bill told his 14-year-old son he was going to take him for an allergy test. The test was in reality a DNA parentage test, to establish the likelihood of Bill being the boy’s biological father. The fallout is set to force the Federal […]

Legal minefield for deceived fathers

Leonie Lamont - Sydney Morning Herald

During an interstate access visit, and a trip to the Melbourne Show, Bill told his 14-year-old son he was going to take him for an allergy test.

The test was in reality a DNA parentage test, to establish the likelihood of Bill being the boy’s biological father. The fallout is set to force the Federal Government to amend the Family Law Act so that men who prove they are not the biological fathers can recover child maintenance payments.