One of the growing concerns among men in the United States is the issue of paternity fraud. If you have ever been concerned about whether or not you are the father of a child you are meant to be legally responsible for, you may want to continue reading.
What Is Paternity Fraud?
When the mother of a child names a man as the biological father in spite of the fact that she knows he is not, she is committing paternity fraud. In some states, this is considered a criminal offense. A woman might name the wrong name on purpose in order to secure child support.
What Should a Woman Do If She Does Not Know the Father of a Child?
If a woman gives birth to a child but cannot name the father for sure, she does not have to provide a name for the birth certificate. She also does not have to pursue child support from anybody. Additionally, women are legally allowed to ask for a paternity test without consequence as well.
How Common Is Paternity Fraud?
Paternity fraud is actually quite rare. For instance, the median around the world was thought to be 3.7 percent of paternity situations involved fraud, according to a 2005 study. This is still disputed, as some believe that there is quite a higher incidence. In many situations, men do not have any idea that they are not the biological father.
Who Is Most At Risk for Paternity Fraud?
Men who are young and unmarried are most likely to be involved in paternity fraud cases. Additionally, those of lower socio-economic status are also at higher risk.
What Are the Consequences of Committing Paternity Fraud?
If you have found yourself a victim of paternity fraud, it is possible that you are eligible to receive compensation in court. This is the case if you paid child support. Property settlements may also be reverse if not found in your favor. In some cases, a man who is a victim of this type of fraud may be able to receive the funds from the actual biological father of the child. The only way to know the correct course of events is to speak to an attorney about your options.
Paternity fraud is a serious issue, and it is essential to stand up for your rights in court. Otherwise, you may find yourself losing money or even spending time behind bars if you fail to pay child support. Contact a family law attorney like one from Nelson, McPherson Summers & Santos LC for more information or assistance with your case.