The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently ruled against a woman who sought to force her ex-husband to pay child support for her 8-year-old son — despite the fact that a paternity test conducted after their separation proved he was not the child's father.
At the time of their divorce hearing in 2014, the woman conceded that the man was not her son's father and didn't request any child support. However, after moving from Ontario to British Columbia, the woman filed for child support in early 2016.
Justice Robin Baird, who penned the court's ruling, agreed with the man's contention that his efforts to raise the child were predicated on the mistaken belief that he was the father; his then-wife's efforts to hoodwink him into supporting the boy effectively circumvented his consent, so the court decided that it would not be "the least bit fair” to force the man to continue to pay for the child's needs.
Wednesday on "Pat & Stu," Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere were surprised and pleased by the outcome of the court case.
"It's not your responsibility to raise a kid that was formed in an affair outside of your marriage just because you're married to the woman," Stu contended. "However, I am surprised honestly at this point in our existence that that's still the case."
"Chalk one up for Canada," Pat responded.