IT COULD BE WORSE! YOU COULD LIVE IN AMERICA, WHERE TWO MEN ARE FORCED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT FOR THE SAME CHILD! ONE THE REAL FATHER, THE OTHER, MOM'S LIVE-IN LOVER!
European Court Deals Blow to Fathers’ RightsMarch 29th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In Germany, and now in Europe generally, biological fathers have no parental rights as long as another man plays the role of father. That’s the ruling of the European Court for Human Rights. Read about it here (The Local, 3/22/12).
German courts had previously ruled the same way, and their decisions were upheld by the European court.
The rights of fathers to develop and continue relationships with their children do not grant them the right to challenge the position of the legal fathers, the court said.
A 41-year-old man from Berlin had a relationship with a woman who had been living with another man. When she had a baby, her live-in partner was registered as the father and the couple raised the child.
When her lover challenged this, he was recognised by a court expert as the biological father, but was denied legal paternity in the interests of the child.
The second case involved another 41-year-old man from Willich in North Rhine-Westphalia whose ex-wife had a baby four months after they divorced. She later declared a new partner to be the father and then married him.
A German court, now supported by the European one, ruled that the biological father had no right to legally-recognised paternity – the child already had a legal father.