Fathers provide love, protection, and financial support to their children. However, although a mother definitely knows if a child comes from her, a father must take the mother’s word that a baby is his. Although paternity testing can accurately identify whether or not a child is yours, you may be tricked into paying child support and providing other services if you wrongfully believe that a child is your own.
Child custody and child support are often contentious topics during a divorce proceeding. It can be especially worrisome if you suspect that the child is not yours. If you believe you are a victim of paternity fraud, you should not face the legal repercussions alone. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Raleigh child support attorney from Marshall & Taylor PLLC, today at 919-833-1040.
What is Paternity Fraud?
Paternity fraud involves a mother falsely naming the father of her child. In some cases, a father may not even suspect this if she has been having an affair with someone else while still having relations with him. A mother may choose to do this to hide her own cheating, or to have someone to provide for the child. This can force the father to provide for a child.
If you suspect that a child may not be yours, you should not hesitate to get a paternity test. These tests compare your DNA to that of the child to see if you share the patterns that make you a father. Interestingly, an estimated 30% of paternity tests show that the father is not who the mother says he is.
During a divorce, if you have any suspicions about the paternity of your child, you should get a paternity test immediately. This way, you do not have to pay child support for a son or daughter who is not yours. For more information, please contact a Raleigh child support lawyer from Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at 919-833-1040 today.