Torrance Man Vows To Change Child Support
Man Ordered To Support Child He Says Isn't His
NBC News, Los Angeles, U.S.A., March 2, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- A Torrance man ordered to pay support for a child he maintains is not his son said Tuesday he is a victim of paternity fraud and will not give up the fight to change the law.
Taron James, 34, says he has already given about $25,000 in child support to a woman for her 11-year-old son, a son he claims is not his.
The woman, whose name has not been made public, identified James as the baby's father in 1992, but the Gulf War veteran denied paternity.
The U.S. Navy vet admitted "a two-week fling" with the woman, but said it came a year before the child's birth.
"I don't know of any woman with that long a pregnancy," he said in a phone interview.
James tried to stop garnishment of his unemployment in a hearing before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, but administrative Judge Michael Kurz said he could not overturn a decision by the Child Support Services Department.
No one at the CSSD who was familiar with James' case could be reached.
Although Kurz denied James' request, the judge in his decision wrote, "the evidence is overwhelming that (James) is a victim of fraud instigated by the woman ... This is one of the most unjust results a judge could render, but based on the laws on the books in California, there is no discretion to hold otherwise."
Even after producing a DNA test and notarized testimony from the woman clearing him, courts refused to set aside judgments obtained against him by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Child Support Services Department.
James said that unless there was a legislative change, he could end up paying support until the boy is 23.
"I'm so knocked down, it's not funny," James said, but added that he is helping lead the charge for an Assembly bill that could help reduce paternity fraud by making it easier for men to use DNA evidence to clear up cases against them.
"I will get the laws changed somehow," he said.
James said his name was placed on the child's birth certificate without his consent while he was on his tour of duty, and said he thinks the woman's motivation was his military benefits.
"Her father was in the Navy years ago, and she knew about the benefits," he said. "Here I am in the Gulf War, and if I was killed, she could make a claim on a $200,000 life insurance policy on the child's behalf."
He said the judgments have left him with almost nothing and that they have cost him $50,000, including his $24,000 military college stipend, which he said expired because he has spent the last three years fighting the paternity suit.
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UK National Survey
Scotland's National Newspaper
5,000 women polled
Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.
Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.
An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.
This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.
The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
December 14, 2002.
Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.
Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.
Up to one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, UK health researchers estimate.
Increasing use of genetic testing for medical and legal reasons means Read More ..uples are discovering the biological proof of who fathered the child.
The Liverpool John Moores University team reached its estimate based on research findings published between 1950 and 2004.
The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Professor Mark Bellis and his team said that the implications of so-called paternal discrepancy were huge and largely ignored, even though the incidence was increasing.
In the US, the number of paternity tests increased from 142,000 in 1991 to 310,490 in 2001.
The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009
An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.
The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.
The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.
Paternity fraud: Is it or should it be a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada?
You be the judge. Read More ..
Independent Women's Forum
Feminist organizations including the National Organization of Women (NOW) has objected to legislation that requires the courts to vacate paternity judgments against men who arent, in fact, the father.
Think about that. NOW wants some man, any man, to make child support payments. The woman who doesnt even know who the father is, should not be held responsible for her actions, is a sweet, loving, blameless mother who seeks only to care for her child and if naming some schmuck as father who never saw her before in his life helps her provide for the innocent babe, well then, that's fine.
Innocence is no excuse. Pay up. Read More ..
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
Broadcast: November 22, 2004
Last year, more than 3,000 DNA paternity tests were commissioned by Australian men, and in almost a quarter of those cases, the test revealed that not only had their partners been unfaithful, but the children they thought were theirs had been sired by someone else. Read More ..