Paternity fraud case
The recent case of MoneySupermarket co-founder Richard Mason, who discovered that he was infertile and that he could not have fathered his three adult sons, has once again shone the spotlight on paternity testing.
Richard Mason found out he was infertile during health tests some years after his divorce. His story came to light after he launched a legal bid to reclaim monies from his ex-wife that he had paid to her as part of a £4m divorce settlement. Mason also sued for paternity fraud.
His ex-wife eventually admitted adultery and, following the conclusion of a lengthy legal case, has been ordered pay Mason £250,000. She was allowed to keep the real father’s identity a secret. The matter has undoubtedly caused considerable stress for all parties and has impacted on the relationship between Mason and his sons.
Paternity fraud cases are rare, but gain significant press and social media coverage when they do occur. Whilst fraud cases are rare, DNA testing to prove paternity has become more common in recent years, particularly with the increased availability of over-the-counter DNA testing kits. It is likely that we will continue to see a rise in the number of DNA tests taken to either prove or disprove paternity.
If you’re having problems regarding the parentage of your children, please contact us in London (West Drayton) on 01895 449288 or in Hertfordshire (St Albans) on 01727 840900 or by email via our contact page.