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Paternity Fraud Bill
On-Line Law Source
July 6, 2006

The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill protecting men from “paternity fraud” by allowing the termination of child support in cases where a DNA test proves that another man is the biological father.

Florida is the latest state to amend its child support law. Since 1994, eleven states have changed similar laws that typically required men to pay child support – once legally established – until a child''s 18 th birthday.

The bill was passed in the final week of the 2006 Legislative session after two years of battle. Representative Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee, had proposed the bill and said that getting it passed was not easy.

“It was difficult because there was a perception it would be harmful to the children. I understand that. But there must be a sense of fairness to the man involved,” he said.

Richardson said that men who say they are victims of paternity fraud have been flooding his office with calls since the bill became law.

“There are a lot of guys out there in this situation,” said Richardson.

Other state legislatures, most recently Colorado, are also considering new laws to protect men from paternity fraud.

If you think that you have been the victim of paternity fraud or would like to consult with an experienced family law attorney, please

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