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Man must travel to Prince Albert to visit infant son

Court 'empathetic' that infant not travel for visits: lawyer

The StarPhoenix, by Lana Haight, Friday, November 10, 2006

A Saskatoon man will have to travel to Prince Albert if he wants to continue seeing his infant son.

"We weren't opposed to having (the visits) occur in Prince Albert. The problem was getting them started," said Mark Vanstone, the man's lawyer.

"Now that that's been addressed, he's delighted to see his son." The man, who cannot be named because of a publication ban, learned last spring his former girlfriend was pregnant with his child. His paternity has been proven by a DNA test. Not wanting to keep the child, the mother gave a Prince Albert couple custody of the baby after he was born in April. The Saskatoon man has been fighting for custody of the baby ever since.

In early October, Saskatoon family court Judge Sean Smith ordered the man be allowed to see his son for one hour once a week at the Children's Haven in Prince Albert. But by the end of the month, the father still hadn't seen his son.

He returned to court and another family court judge ordered the visits occur in Saskatoon, pending a custody trial scheduled for Dec. 18. Judge Jacelyn Ann Ryan-Froslie's order also states the dad is free to hold his boy, kiss him and take his photo, as long as the pictures are not published or given to the media. The Prince Albert couple cannot be present during the visits.

The day before the first visit under that order was to take place, the couple appealed the family court judgment, triggering an automatic stay that froze the ruling.

On Wednesday, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Judge Gene Anne Smith lifted the stay, but ordered the visits occur in Prince Albert, not Saskatoon.

"The court was pretty emphatic that it should not be the infant that is travelling back and forth for two hours every Saturday morning in the winter," said Dale Blenner-Hassett, the lawyer for the couple, who also cannot be named.

"It should be the father that travels." That works for the dad, especially since he had his first visit with his son on Nov. 2 in Prince Albert.

"My client's first priority was to ensure that he had meaningful access with his son. He never intended to inconvenience the couple or the son," said Vanstone.

In addition to ensuring visits take place, the appeal court decision means the custody trial slated for Dec. 18 will go ahead, although Blenner-Hassett has expressed concern he may not be able to fully prepare the couple's case by then.

"Delay in our view will be very undesirable," said Vanstone.

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2006

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Paternity Fraud - TV Show - Canada

CBC News Sunday

Paternity Fraud TV Show
CBC News: Sunday

CBC News Sunday- TV Show - paternity Fraud - Canadian Children's Rights Council - Judith Huddart

An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.

This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.

Globe and Mail - Paternity Fraud statistics for Canada

Canada's largest
national newspaper

Mommy's little secret

The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 14, 2002.

Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.

Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.

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One in 25 fathers 'not the daddy'

Up to one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, UK health researchers estimate.

Increasing use of genetic testing for medical and legal reasons means Read More ..uples are discovering the biological proof of who fathered the child.

The Liverpool John Moores University team reached its estimate based on research findings published between 1950 and 2004.

The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Biological father
Professor Mark Bellis and his team said that the implications of so-called paternal discrepancy were huge and largely ignored, even though the incidence was increasing.

In the US, the number of paternity tests increased from 142,000 in 1991 to 310,490 in 2001.

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.