A month or so ago, I wrote an entry demanding a revision to Roe V. Wade, demanding some rights to fathers of infants. The basis of my article was a story on Yahoo! News (long since gone) saying that one father in 25 was supporting a child that wasn't his.
The other day, I found a perfect illustration of the story. First, the setup: Amber Frey is the former mistress of Scott Peterson, and her testimony put that scumbag in prison. (Sorry, I just channeled John Walsh.) Now, the story (the setup was to explain why this was even in the news at all): CNN reports that the person paying child support for Frey's child for the last four years isn't the father of said child. Frey just told him he was the father, and demanded child support. Since a woman is incapable of lying or being mistaken in these matters, the guy has been paying court ordered child support. And get this: He only found out when he was preparing his case for visitation rights, which Frey had been fighting!
This poor guy, Anthony Flores, has been funneling money to Frey for support of "his" child and not allowed visitation. No mention is made whether the real father, restauranteur Christopher Funch, has been visiting the child.
In her defense, Frey's spokesman says she honestly believed Flores was the father. She was sleeping with so many men that she was mistaken, I guess.
Flores has paid $8400 in child support on the word of Amber Frey. Flores likely never attempted to prove or disprove his paternity and just cowboyed up and did what a father should do, paid child support.
The questions are: Does Frey have to pay him back? I doubt the court would do that to her. She's a Mom, after all. Will Funch have to pay Flores back? Probably not until the courts change the name of the father on the documents, and that could take years, while Flores has to continue to pay or risk being arrested for being a deadbeat "dad." Now that he's emotionally (not to mention financially) invested in the child, will Flores get visitation rights? Nope. He's not the father. And finally, will he sue Frey for the money and emotional damage? After all, for the last four years, he's believed he is the father of the child, and wanted some contact with "his" daughter.
I certainly hope so.