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What is Paternity Fraud?

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Paternity on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Families and individuals who have been through the process of paternity and child support may have questions about the paternity process. One question that may arise is what is paternity fraud and why is it serious? Paternity fraud is sometimes referred to as misattributed paternity and can have emotional and financial consequences.

Paternity fraud takes place when the mother of a child misidentifies a man as the biological father of a child. In circumstances of paternity fraud, a man may be asked to sign a paternity affidavit or birth certificate which may, in some instances, be used as proof of paternity for child support purposes without a DNA paternity test being ordered. Additionally, in some states there is a presumption of paternity when the child's mother and putative father are married at the time the child is conceived or born.

Paternity situations oftentimes create child support considerations. When the court evaluates child support and child custody situations it evaluates what is in the best interests of the child. If a putative father is concerned about paternity fraud, some options may be available. Obtaining a DNA test or evaluation of child support may be options to consider. The family law courts seek to help families with child support and child custody arrangements that work for the family and can aid in important concerns such as paternity.

Paternity has a number of important implications for a child, father and family. Due to the importance of accurately determining paternity, paternity lawsuits can be filed to request the court's assistance when seeking to determine paternity and to ensure that accurate paternity results are obtained for the child's best interests, as well as the best interests of the family and everyone involved.

Source: About Parenting, "Help for Victims of Paternity Fraud," Debrina Washington, Accessed July 20, 2015

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