Man who shelled out $60,000 in child support over 18 years finds out he is not the father after DNA test
The man confessed he had had a one-night stand with a woman almost 20 years ago and that she later told him she was pregnant with his child and demanded child support
An Australian man paid out close to $60,000 in child support only to later find out that the child did not belong to him. Kerry, hailing from the coastal town of Cervantes in Western Australia, is understandably aggrieved after a DNA test proved that he was not the father. He now wants his money back.
According to news.com.au, Kerry appeared on Channel 9's 'Current Affair' and confessed he had had a one-night stand with a woman named Julie almost 20 years ago, back when he was still a local footballer. He said that Julie eventually came back to him and told him she was pregnant and that the child she was carrying was, in fact, his own.
Having abandoned his footballing career, Kerry had become a fisherman and was now tasked with making child support payments he could barely afford. "The bills started to pile up and I had to take action because, if I didn't, they would," he explained on the show.
"The first time they froze my account was during fishing season. I had my passport frozen and told that it wouldn't be reinstated until I paid the bill in full," he continued. "I had $26,000 taken out." Now, after the revelation of the DNA test results, Kerry wants either Julie or the government to reimburse the $58,000 he would eventually pay out over the course of the last 18 years.
At the time, he had continued making the payments to Julie despite his growing debts because he genuinely believed that he was the father of the child. However, the frustration eventually grew over a period of time and he decided that he needed to verify once and for all that the child belonged to him.
Kerry revealed that the child support agency called him "stupid" when he told them that he did not have a test taken to confirm his fatherhood. "The consultant from Child Support, when he asked me, 'I can't see a result for a DNA test here, I said, 'Because I didn't have one'," he said. "And he pretty much on the phone called me a stupid idiot and asked me to go and get one as soon as I could."
While the test would rule in Kerry's favor, he later found out that Julie had also falsely claimed to the agency that they were living together when she fell pregnant. In a statement to 'Current Affair,' Julie defended herself against the accusations.
"Over the last 18 years, Kerry has had the chance to get a DNA test but, as myself and Child Support could never get in contact with him, it never happened, and now he is coming out with accusations that are unfounded and untrue," she said.
It was reported that Julie will be required to pay back the child support but, because she is currently unemployed, will have to shell out just $49.80 a fortnight. At that rate, it will take her over 44 years to pay back the money she currently owes him.
Kerry, however, wants the child support agency to pay him back his money. "I’ve been hassled non-stop by Child Support, but the reason they thought I was the dad wasn’t right," he said. "They accepted me as the father without any proof. That's what makes me really angry."