The story dates back to 1965 when the man began dating the woman’s mother. A short time after she announced that she was pregnant and gave birth to a daughter in due course. The man, despite harboring doubts over his paternity, accepted that the child was his and signed the relevant legal papers to formally recognize his obligations.
“He was already then doubtful as to whether he could be the father to the child. He knew that she had had relations with another man,” the plaintiff’s lawyer Christina Davéus said to the Lund court.
The couple continued to date and had a further child together but the relationship did not last.
The status quo remained until 1994 when a blood test was carried out on the woman and the man that her mother had always said, and her legal father had always suspected, was her real father. Their blood matched and it was confirmed that the man that always acted as her father through the years, was not in fact her biological dad.
The man learned of the test and that the woman was not in fact his daughter, but let the situation lie until the autumn of 2008.
“We both wanted the situation to remain unchanged and that I should be her dad. But over the years I have changed my mind,” said the 43-year-old’s legal father in his writ to the court to overturn his 1965 paternity declaration.
The court ruled this week in favour of the man and his ‘daughter’ is now left, after 43 years, legally fatherless.
In a separate case, the woman has now sued her biological father to try to force him to recognize his paternity before the law.