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Understanding paternity fraud

If you believe you are the father of a Texas child and you later find out that you are not, in fact, a biological family member, you may understandably feel devastated, misled and angry. Regrettably, paternity fraud, or the misidentification of you as a child’s father when you are, in fact, not, happens more often than you might think, and it can have considerable effects on you as well as the child. At the Law Office of Brian Turner, we understand just how upsetting being a victim of paternity fraud can be, and we have assisted many fathers who found their lives turned upside-down following misidentification as a biological parent.

Paternity fraud, per The Spruce, is not always intentional, but it can be. In some cases, the child’s mother may genuinely believe you fathered the child in question. In other situations, however, she may know that you did not biologically father the child, but she may want to lead you to believe you did for the purpose of obtaining child support.

Paternity fraud can occur through several actions. First, the child’s mother may have you sign a birth certificate or affidavit of paternity that states that you are, in fact, the child’s biological father. If the child’s mother is or was your wife at the time of the birth, paternity fraud might occur because there is an assumption that you are the child’s father because of your marital situation, while in reality, you may not be.

Unfortunately, paternity fraud can continue for years, and in some cases, this means fathers end up paying years and years of child support for a child who is not actually theirs. If this happens to you, you may be able to have a court cease your child support payments. However, in some cases, the court may determine that the payments must continue. This is more likely in situations where fathers have maintained active roles in the lives of the children they presume to be theirs, and in cases where the child would otherwise need government benefits in the absence of child support payments. More about father’s rights is available on our web page.

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