Ex-husband wins non-fatherhood verdict

29th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 January 2007, Munich (dpa) - A German man whose wife conceived after artificial insemination has won a court verdict that he is not the father, apparently because the doctor muddled the sperm from two fathers. Releasing the ruling Monday, the Munich district court said the man must not pay for the child's maintenance, now that he and the mother have divorced. He had lovingly cared for the boy for years before the mistake was discovered by a blood test. "It's a most unusual case," said court spokeswoman

 


 

29 January 2007

Munich (dpa) - A German man whose wife conceived after artificial insemination has won a court verdict that he is not the father, apparently because the doctor muddled the sperm from two fathers.

Releasing the ruling Monday, the Munich district court said the man must not pay for the child's maintenance, now that he and the mother have divorced. He had lovingly cared for the boy for years before the mistake was discovered by a blood test.

"It's a most unusual case," said court spokeswoman Ingrid Kaps, adding that the man had not actually said he would stop supporting the boy, only that he wanted a declaration of his legal position.

The mother remains the sole guardian of the boy, who has multiple handicaps, since it would be nearly impossible to find the "true" father after several years and he could not be compelled to pay.

The court withheld the names and other identifying data including the ages of the parties.

The family discovered the mistake when they were checking out blood groups in case the boy ever needed a blood transfusion. Geneticists said it was impossible that the boy was descended from the man.

Under German law, a malpractice suit against the doctor would be unlikely to succeed, the court spokeswoman said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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