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Massachusetts paternity matters can hurt two families

A man in another state recently went through a paternity dispute that most people would find unimaginable. A woman accused the man of fathering her child and refusing to pay child support. The man insisted he was not the father of the child, even after he was put in jail for not paying child support.

While in jail, the man took a DNA paternity test, and it was discovered that there was virtually zero chance the man was the baby's father. He was released from jail shortly after the discovery. This paternity story could be similar to some cases in Massachusetts. Many times a simple DNA test could prove the results of paternity, but either the mother or the father refuse to give a sample.

The man involved in this case had a wife and two children. His wife was forced to raise the children while the man was in jail serving out his sentence for not paying child support. To his surprise, when he was released from jail he was told he still had to pay the support that was previously owed. The mother of the child eventually waived her right to the child support.

She also likely had a stressful time finding out that the child's father remains unknown. Even though it might be hard to see a child without a father, it is important that the truth is out and the man is free to be with his family. If someone is ever confronted with a similar situation, it might be wise to speak with a family law attorney.

Source: CBS DFW, "Man Jailed For Child Support For Baby That Wasn't His," April 12, 2012

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