x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Father who disputed son's paternity loses Abu Dhabi court case

KA sued the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the Preventive Medicine Department at Seha, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, and his former wife after the child was registered under his name.

A man who demanded his name be removed from his son's birth certificate does not have a case, the Civil Court ruled yesterday.

Emirati KA sued the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the Preventive Medicine Department at Seha, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, and his former wife after the child, N, born in May 2002, was registered under his name.

He had married the boy's mother, also an Emirati, in December 2000 but they divorced less than a year later.

He said he doubted the baby was his so he did not register him with the Preventive Medicine Department. He was later surprised to learn a birth certificate had been issued under his name.

He said his grandfather's name had been spelled incorrectly, claiming this was evidence that the person who issued the document was nervous because it was not valid. He also gave the court the results of a DNA test that stated he was not the father.

This was his second lawsuit. He filed a case in 2004 against Corniche Hospital claiming they had replaced his son.

The Civil Court rejected the case, referring it to the Personal Affairs Court.

The mother sued her former husband for child support and the court ordered him to pay up and issue a passport for his son.

The latest lawsuit is an attempt to avoid paying for his son's upkeep, the mother said.

It was later discovered that KA had registered his son's birth.

The Civil Court rejected the case.

hdajani@thenational.ae