For your daily dose of WTF shenanigans, a man from Oklahoma in the United States is being forced by law to pay child support for another man’s son.
The reason? He took too long to order a paternity test to confirm the child was really his.
Thomas had two separate paternity tests done, and both revealed that he was not the biological father of his son. However, under Oklahoma law, a man has to question paternity within two years.
Since he took longer, the child was legally his, even if he was not the biological father.
Thomas says that he had no reason to suspect his wife who he married as soon as he left high school and never really thought that his “son” was not his.
Initial reports say that the courts were in favour of Thomas. However, the judge reconsidered his judgement and ordered the “father” to pay $500 per month in child support, plus an additional $15,000 in back support plus interest.
Thomas’ ex-wife and the child’s biological father could decide to let Thomas go without paying, but if they don’t, he will be liable to pay the said amount for the next 15 years.
To be honest, the law should be the other way around, and the guy should be the one claiming child support from his ex since he was technically raising a child that was not his own.
But hey, so much for the justice system, eh?