Man told to pay £20,000 in child support for teenager he didn’t know existed

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UNHAPPY: Ross is paying maintenance for child he never knew existed (Pic: Facebook)

Ross Mclaughlan, 55, thought there must have been a mistake when he received a letter from the Child Maintenance Service in 2011, telling him he had a child.

Unmarried Ross reportedly said he had no idea about the identity of the girl’s mum.

He told the Daily Mail: “I was so confused and didn’t recognise either the girl’s name or her mother’s but told myself they’d either got the wrong Ross Mclaughlan or that someone had targeted me as part of some scam.

“I was very wrong. It’s eight years since that letter arrived and despite me never having seen or even spoken to the girl named in it, nor having any contact with her mother, I’ve had £10,000 deducted from my wages and been told I owe a further £10,000.”

Ross refused to take a DNA test, claiming it goes against his human rights, while he paid up the £100 a month as he was worried that contesting it could affect his job.

He did go and make enquiries when he was told the figure he had to pay had gone up to £320 a month which left him reportedly with just £900 after tax a month.

Ross asked for a copy of the girl’s birth certificate and found that he wasn’t even down as the father.

Going back to the CMS, they said that this wasn’t enough proof to show that he wasn’t actually the father and he had to continue paying.

Then when the girl reached 21, Ross was told he had to pay a further £10,000 in “retrospective” payments.

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PAYMENTS: Ross has been ordered to pay £20,000 (Pic: Facebook)

He said: “What’s happened to me feels like extortion, something that would happen in a fascist state. They’ve robbed me of my life and I want it back.

“If this girl is genuinely me daughter, why is another man’s name on her birth certificate? And why wasn’t I told about her until she was 13?

“How am I supposed to feel about the fact that her mother couldn’t care less about me knowing her or seeing her grow up and is only interested in taking my money?”

The mother claims she became pregnant during a brief fling with Ross and gave birth to their daughter in June, 1997.

It is reported that her ex-husband, suspecting that the girl was not his, requested a DNA test that proved him right.

The “daughter” told the Daily Mail: “I do understand that he might be hurt by the way things have happened but my mum was not sure who my father was until I took the DNA test.

“I do wonder why when he found out from the CSA that he had a child and started paying maintenance he didn’t get in touch.”

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesman said: “We notify people before making deductions to ensure they have a chance to contest parentage.

“When parentage is disputed we look for a conclusive proof such as a DNA test or a court declaration.”

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