Duped Father Can Seek Payment from Child's Real Dad for Cost of Raising Child

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court says a man can proceed with a lawsuit seeking nearly $200,000 from another man who really fathered the girl he raised with his unfaithful wife.

Eric Fischer sent hair samples to a DNA lab in 2007 over suspicions that he wasn't the biological father of his then 15-year-old daughter. He was right.

Later tests showed the father was his wife's business partner, Richard Zollino.

So Fischer sued Zollino for half the cost of raising the girl. A judge ruled in favor of Zollino in 2009, citing the child's best interest.

But state justices ruled unanimously this week that Fischer's case is reasonable. They sent it back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Zollino's lawyer declined to comment.

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