Tuesday, September 22, 2009

English Tycoon Sues Ex-Wife For Raising Children Not His

I often need to make the point to my clients that a person can file anything but success is a different matter. I have the same opinion having read The London Times' Tycoon sues his ex-wife after discovering children were not his

The millionaire businessman is demanding unlimited damages of more than £300,000 from his ex-wife and her new husband, including the cost of bringing up the two children he believed were his for more than a decade.

The man, who was the woman’s first husband, raised the two children as his own — with no clue that they had been fathered by his wife’s lover.

He accuses the pair of fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit, and says he has not been allowed to see the two children since 2006.
The wife and her lover resolved between them to claim the two younger babies were the millionaire’s natural children, and were involved in a joint enterprise to induce him to accept paternal and financial responsibility, the writ claims.

They did nothing to dispel his erroneous belief about the two children’s paternity, the writ alleges.

The writ details a series of personal questions apparently asked by the woman’s lover at a New Year’s Eve party in 1994, including: “How does it feel to have a son that was close to death?

“Are you and your wife going to have more children? Where does your second son get his lovely curly hair from? Yours and your wife’s is so straight.”

In August 1995, the tycoon’s wife carried out a pregnancy test and told him he was going to be a father again. Her daughter was born in 1996 and her husband was registered as her father.

In 1997, three employees commented on the uncanny resemblance of the tycoon’s daughter to a child born to his business associate — the man alleged to be having an affair with his wife.
I cannot see the same case getting any traction here.  Take a look at my Can a man disestablish paternity in Indiana? for some of my reasons.

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