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Honesty about paternity is the best policy

Some say the main concern for collectors of child support in Texas is to be sure someone is paying. For the men who end up footing the bills, however, that may not be enough. What if the child a man is supporting is not actually his?

The National Parents Organization speaks out against paternity fraud, explaining its three victims: the child involved, the assumed dad and the biological father. It is hard to argue against the idea that a child stands to lose the most when he or she does not have the opportunity to know his or her biological dad. Besides missing out on what could be a fulfilling relationship, the practical matters of a misleading health history and a suspicious, assumed father should be enough to encourage honesty about paternity.

Both the assumed dad and the biological father also lose when women are not truthful about who fathered their child. The true parent misses out on what is most important: a relationship with his little one. The guy who ends up taking responsibility that is not his may become suspicious and then resentful. The NPO emphasizes there are no winners in this scenario.

VetsFirst provides tips for men who want to avoid getting caught up in paternity fraud. They should:

  • Be sure to have a DNA test done before claiming a child belongs to them
  • Learn what state law says about paternity
  • Contest a claim right away if they have any doubt they fathered a child

VetsFirst notes that paternity fraud is painful for everyone involved, and making every effort to avoid it should be a top priority.

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