Despite DNA test results revealing he is not the child's father, one Colorado man says he is being forced to pay child support payments regardless.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said 48-year-old Chris Atkins, who coincidentally works as a host for a TV show that reveals DNA test results to couples, KDVR reports.
Atkins explains he didn’t find out the now 15-year-old girl was not his daughter until she was 11 years old.
That means his name is on her birth certificate, legally mandating he pay $730 a month for her welfare.
Atkins’ ex-wife revealed the truth to the man after telling him she wanted to re-marry and change their daughter’s last name.
When Atkins refused to allow that to happen, she finally confessed the girl wasn’t his child.
“So the alarms went off, and we had a DNA test done, and she's not my biological daughter that I raised for 11 years," Atkins said.
“I don’t want pity; I just want everybody to know this is happening. It’s not right, it is not right,” added Adkins, who will now be forced into paying for the child until she is 19 years old.
It turns out the biological father is Logan Doolen -- who pities Atkins, but says he doesn’t want to pay child support either.
“On the flip side, if I would have to pay child support, that would be messed up too,” Doolen said.
Atkins says that while he still considers the girl his daughter, he hasn’t seen her since she was 11, adding to his frustration.
He explains his ex-wife ignores court custody orders, refusing to let Atkins see the girl.
"I just want my daughter, but I can't even see her, but yet I'm still paying child support. And the biological father has been found and he gets to spend time with her. I don't get [a thing],” Atkins said.
However, his ex-wife, Lori Lonnquist, argues that her daughter simply doesn’t want to see him.
“My kid doesn't want to see him. She wants nothing to do with him,” she said.
He's not the only father who finds himself frustrated with laws regarding child support.
A common number for child support is 25 percent of your earnings, according to The Huffington Post. The problem most have isn't paying, but the fact they have to pay the person he or she chose to divorce, and also because there is no guarantee whatsoever the cash will be spent on the child allegedly in need.
"Still, having greater time with the children and a lower child support payment might help equalize that feeling that you are paying with no control -- after all, time with them is priceless," divorce attorney Morghan Leia Richardson writes.