A court determined an Oklahoma man must continue to pay child support for a child that is not biologically his.
Thomas, who declined to provide his last name, told KOTV he married his high school girlfriend after she learned she was pregnant. Although at the time he had no reason to believe the child was not his, after the marriage fell apart three years later, he decided to order a paternity test.
"It comes back zero percent. I was in my office and I saw that. I should've expected it but I didn't and it hit me. I'm telling my co-worker how shocked I am that someone could do this to someone," he said.
He took the results to a judge, asking to be let off the hook for child support payments. The court initially released Thomas from child support, but then later reversed the decision because of a state law that dictates men must order paternity tests within the first two years after a child's birth.
"The presumption [of paternity] is rebuttable until the child’s second birthday," the law states, reports the Daily Mail. "After that time, the presumption is not rebuttable unless the presumed father, mother and biological father all agree to adjudicate the paternity of the child."
Thomas was ordered to pay $500 a month in child support, an additional $15,000 in back support, plus interest, reports KOTV.
"I wish I was telling a lie,” he said. “I wish it wasn't the truth but it is. That's what makes it so crazy. Everyone I talk to about this can't believe where the court system is coming from."
He hopes his story will prompt legislators to work on changing the law, saying DNA evidence should always release a man from child support payments, no matter the child's age.
Until the law changes, Thomas has resigned himself to paying for a child that isn't his.
"At this point, there's really nothing I can do to get out of the $15,000 or get out of the child support, it's done, it's the law," he told KOTV.