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Doktorov v Bulgaria Application no 15074/08

In brief: After divorcing his wife in 2006, Mr Doktorov discovered that one of their two children (born in 2003) was not biologically his. A DNA test in January 2007 confirmed this and, the following month, he brought a civil claim to contest paternity. However, his claim was dismissed as time-barred. Relying on Article 8, Mr Doktorov complained that he had been unable to bring his claim because the one-year time-limit started running from the time he learnt about the child’s birth. However, he had only learned that he was not the child’s father until four years later. The ECtHR agreed that there had been a violation of his Article 8 rights.

Judgment, published: 15/05/2018

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Published: 15/05/2018

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