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Men can fight paternity fraud with DNA tests

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2015 | Fathers' Rights |

We would all like to believe that those with whom we are intimate will also be honest. Unfortunately, sometimes people choose to act deceptively. Perhaps one of the worst deceptions that a man can endure is when a woman misleads him about a child’s paternity. Typically, men welcome the opportunity to share in the caring of children they have fathered. But it is quite another thing for a man to be held accountable for the care of a child who is not his without being aware of the situation.

There are a number of reasons a woman may engage in paternity fraud. Perhaps she does not want the man to know she was with another man. Or maybe she believes the man she is holding accountable can provide more money for child support. But regardless of the reason, it is simply wrong to place a man in such a compromising position.

But what happens if a man has been paying child support for a child he later comes to believe is not his. Well, in Texas, a man can have his child support obligations terminated by filing a petition and presenting DNA test evidence proving he did not father the child to the court. However, even if it is found that he is not the child’s father, the man must still pay any child support that was previously owed.

In such paternity fraud cases, there are a number of steps you must take in order to have your child support obligations halted. So, if you have unjustly been paying support for a child that you believe is not yours, you may wish to get in touch with a Texas paternity attorney. The attorney could provide you helpful legal guidance as you attempt the get the situation corrected.