A Connecticut woman gave birth to a daughter in 1992. Fifteen years later, her husband discovered that she had had an affair, and that he was not the biological father of the girl he had raised as his own.
After divorcing his wife, the man sued the biological father, seeking reimbursement for the costs of raising the girl from birth to the date of the divorce.
The biological father argued that in general, lawsuits like this shouldn’t be allowed because they could harm children’s emotional well-being. But the Connecticut Supreme Court disagreed, and said a lawsuit should be barred only if it threatened a child’s financial well-being as well as his or her emotional well-being.
As usual, the law varies from state to state, but this is certainly an interesting and difficult topic.