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£40,000 damages awarded to husband misled over IVF birth

Wife lied to husband as to paternity of child

A lecturer has been awarded £39,000 damages and costs against his former wife who had misled him into believing that he was the father of a boy born as a result of IVF treatment.

The couple, then married, had attended a clinic in Spain where he gave a sperm sample. His wife returned to the clinic where she was impregnated with the sperm of a former boyfriend.

The boy was born in 2005. When he was six months old, the couple separated. They divorced in 2008. Thomas Brudenell of Queen Elizabeth Building, representing the man, said that he had paid £80,000 in child maintenance in the mistaken belief that he was the father of the child. He was told by his former spouse that was not the case in the course of a dispute about contact.

For a report in The Bolton News, please click here.