Businessman ‘who fathered 14 children’ must pay child support to British woman he met on Tinder, judge rules

Businessman 'who fathered 14 children' must pay child support to British woman he met on Tinder, judge rules

An international businessman understood to have fathered 14 children must pay child support to a British woman he met through Tinder, a judge has ruled.

Johnathan Patrick Terry, who is Canadian and aged in his 40s, has defied orders to pay maintenance to the woman, in her early 20s, and their eight-month-old daughter and has not attended hearings or provided information about his finances, a family court heard.

The woman had made a cash claim following the breakdown of a year-long relationship with Mr Terry, who is commonly known as Patrick Terry, after they met through the online dating app.

She wanted maintenance for herself and their daughter after Mr Terry allegedly left her a few days before the child was born.

But judge Mark Everall said Mr Terry, who has links to a hair products business with a base in Las Vegas, had not engaged in the proceedings.

Judge Everall has been analysing evidence at private hearings in the Central Family Court in London.

But he has decided that there is now a public interest in allowing journalists to report the case and name Mr Terry.

He has outlined detail in a ruling delivered after the latest hearing on Friday. Lawyers representing the woman asked the judge to partially lift the anonymity veil.

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