If he still had custody of the kids, then I'd say the court was correct, but then he wouldn't need to be paying child support in the first place. The court should have gone after the biological father(s) of these children. And before we go all weepy, children are affected in all sorts of ways by a divorce. They often "lose" mother or father effectively.
I lean more toward Viktyr's view of family, but I know not everyone else does, nor do I think it should be enshrined in law. Once he's divorced, the kids not living with him, and he finds out the kids aren't his, there's no way taking child support from him is the right thing to do. The court should be goijng after the bio father(s). If he's the sort that believes as Viktyr does, then he is free to continue his love and financial support on top of what the bio fathers pay.
This is simply the court being lazy by default.
A rather backward ruling that opens up forcing child support on anyone remotely involved in the raising of any child. Thankfully its Canada.
From the emotional side of it, I get where you are coming from Viktyr, but legally he isn't monetarily responsible for their upbringing.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
He was IS their father - from the moment they were born . . . he was there when they were born - wiped their butts and spoonfed them babycrap from a jar. Took them to school and had parent teacher conferences. Took care of them when they were sick. He RAISED them with her. **** biology. The mother was wrong to cheat but she chose not to involve those other men - that was her right . . . if they want to challenge that it'll be a whole nother court case.
These children - teenagers (ages 12, 14, and 16) are not invalids to be shoveled as a gross burden to some random men who they didn't know - and should never know, honestly, unless they WANT to.
He is and will likely be the only father in their lives - ask them if DNA really mattes . . . I bet you they'd say no. For 12, 14 and 16 years he's all they've ever known.
Don't you dare minimize that
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Had they not been married but he had lived with the gal all these years and then decided to split would he have to pay child support then? Legally.
The ruling was wrong and lazy.