Since I define parents as the people who have consented to supporting their children, I absolutely support forcing parents to support their children.
Last edited by Korimyr the Rat; 02-08-13 at 03:09 PM.
What seems to be lacking in the discussion today is situational context. The man knew of his wife's affairs well in advance of the divorce and chose to stay with his wife and conceived a child with her, the only child biologically his. Granted, he assumed the first three were also his, but becoming aware of his wife's infidelity, he chose not to seek paternity tests at that time, showing a certain level of love for the children, as well as his wife.
Fast forward a decade and now the marriage is over - during divorce proceedings, whether it was his idea or his lawyers, the man decides to have paternity tests done on all four children and discovers that three of them are not his and there are multiple other biological fathers. The wife, apparently, doesn't know who the fathers may be or perhaps chooses not to give possible names. Since the husband has accepted "fatherhood" of the children that he didn't biologically create for 16, 14 and 12 years respectively, the court decides that he continues to be financially responsible for their care irrespective of their parental lineage.
It is not clear from reports whether or not the husband wants to continue to support the children outside of a court order, but it is abundantly clear that he chose to fight such a court order, likely on the advice of his lawyer. In divorce proceedings, people frequently do what their lawyers advise them to do even if they would morally or emotionally wish to do otherwise.
In my view, this court decision isn't unreasonable considering the family's background. It is more questionable in the Kansas case where the sperm donor father has had no parental involvement for three years and none of the parties wanted him to and contracted that arrangement and now the Kansas state government is seeking support from him because the lesbian parents are seeking social assistance from the state.
Last edited by Henrin; 02-08-13 at 03:24 PM.
Fathers have zero rights before the child pops out and all of the responsibilities once it does. There's something seriously wrong with that.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
You see, telling me that the law is set up where the tax payers have to pick up the tab if guy doesn't is not an argument. Its just falling back on a system set up by the government and telling me I have to live with this because something else exists that the government also put in place. It doesn't defend anything nor it doesn't support anything, but it does do a whole lot of nothing.Each man makes his own choices in life, and to be blunt, what you respect, or don't respect is really in the end of no concern of mine, and neither would break my leg, nor pick my pocket, so I really have nothing to say other than I hope that your life is full. I can only speak to my situation on this earth, and what I do as a man, and I sleep well at night.