Denver Paternity Test Thrown Out by Judge
In the state of Colorado, if a father is listed on a child’s birth certificate, he is normally required to contribute to a child’s economic wellbeing. In other words, child support is typically required when the dad is not the child’s primary caretaker. Chris Atkins, a longtime Denver resident, found out that this rule applies even when the dad is not the biological father!
The Hidden Truth is Revealed
Atkins had divorced Lori Lonnquist, the mother of his now eleven year old daughter, when the girl was two and half years old, with the understanding that she was his biological offspring. Lonnquist only revealed that he wasn’t his daughter’s biological father recently, when Atkins protested Lonnquist’s request to change the girl’s last name to that of her new husband.
Atkins quickly took a paternity DNA test to find out the truth. He learned that Lonnquist was correct and that a man named Logan Doolen was his daughter’s biological father. Atkins decided to go to court to stop having to pay child support, but he was denied the request.
Colorado Judge Refuses Paternity Test Evidence
The judge refused to accept the Denver CO DNA test as evidence that he was not the girl’s biological father on the grounds that he did not follow the guidelines for correct submission to the court. He claimed that Lonnquist had not let him see his daughter for years, while Lonnquist claimed that he had refused to see her.
Lonnquist said that she would allow Atkins to stop paying if he gave up his parental rights, but that is unlikely to solve the problem according to Denver family law expert Ron Litvak. He says, “It’s very rare that a court will ever allow someone to terminate their parental rights unless someone else is willing to step into that role. The courts are not usually going to do that.”
For now, Atkins will have to continue paying child support despite not being his daughter’s biological father or being able to see her.