Devastated man cries out after being made to pay child maintenance even after finding out daughter isn’t his

A man was forced to keep on paying for child support even after his ex-partner admitted that he was not their 14-year-old daughter’s biological father.

The resident of Hull, who was not identified to protect the child’s privacy in the case, had already paid his ex £38,000 in child support for 14 years before he was exposed to him the truth.

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) sent a letter to the man after her confession in October 2019 stating that he was not the girl’s biological father, but they said the man also needed to pay £2,000 in arrears before the case could be completely resolved.

They calculated a payment of £36.40 per month to pay off the arrears, despite acknowledging that he “is not the parent of this child”.

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He estimated a monthly payment of £ 36.40 to pay off the arrears, despite knowing that he “is not this child’s parent.”

Speaking to Hull Live, the devastated man said: ‘As someone who is currently paying for a child that the CMS have confirmed is not mine, I think it is very important to highlight how they get away with what is effectively breaking the law.

‘At the end of last year, my ex told me my daughter was not 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 am 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 am 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 is not mine and they had confirmed that. So here I am paying arrears I do not owe, for a child that is not mine.

 

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Despite series of arguments over the payments, he said the CMS stood firm on their decision.

On how they handled his case, he added: “It is a farce and the CMS should be ashamed.”

Hull West and Hessle MP, Emma Hardy urged the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to “urgently review” the case. She said the case should have been resolved without the input of an MP and a journalist.

After the Hull Daily Mail publicised the bizarre decision, the CMS agreed to wipe the man’s arrears.

A spokeswoman for the CMS told Hull Live: ‘Following further information, we have reviewed the case and will be in contact with him as soon as possible to discuss our decision.

‘Arrears were incurred before the case was closed in October 2019. ‘Following our review of the case, we have decided that Mr [name] does not have to pay arrears.’

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