Arkivbild: Svea Hovrätt
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Paternity decision struck down by court after over half a century

A Swedish court of appeal has struck down a 1957 decision which ordered a 26-year-old man to pay child support for a two-year-old girl that it said was his daughter. 

The man, who is now 87 years-old, has denied all along that he fathered the child, but claims from the child's mother and a blood test at the time were enough to convince a court back then that he was indeed the child's father. He was ordered to pay child maintenance until she was 18, but has had no contact with the now 59-year old woman.

In 2012, the man turned to the courts to get the paternity revoked, and a DNA test showed that he was not the girl's biological father. But the test was conducted by a laboratory in the United States, and the results were dismissed.  

Last year the man paid Sweden's National Board of Forensic Medicine to investigate paternity. When the DNA analysis showed that he was not the father of the woman, now 59-years-old, it gave the Supreme Court the green light for the case to be addressed in the Court of Appeal.

Svea Hovrätt has now ruled the man is not the father of the woman. He will not, however, be reimbursed for child support paid, as more than forty years have passed since his last payment. 

The 59-year-old woman and her mother would not comment on the Court's decision.

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