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The Sunday Times

Out in the cold

The Sunday Times, Australia, by Catherine Madden, July 11, 2004

SIX-THOUSAND children are homeless in WA (Western Australia) – and nearly half of them are under 12.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that a further 800 WA children aged 12 to 18 are homeless and without parents or guardians.

Another report, yet to be released by the State Government, supports the findings, saying that 39 per cent of homeless people in WA are now under 18.

The report compiled by Professor Chris Chamberlain and David MacKenzie of Melbourne's RMIT University reveals that the WA Government is managing to house only 20 per cent of homeless young families.

The statistics were met with resignation by the state's housing agencies and charities this week.

Salvation Army spokesman Neil Venables said: "The figures almost exactly match our own experience.

"Homelessness is no longer about the stereotypical hobo without a home.

"Young people, particularly families with small children, are living rough."

He said the Salvation Army, which provided a telephone helpline as well as limited crisis accommodation, found it difficult to cope with demand.

"What's immoral is that there is an acceptable turn-away rate of 80 per cent.

"Nobody should be turned away but what else can we do?"

Don Tunnicliffe, executive officer of Swan Emergency Accommodation, one of the few places for homeless families, said: "We turn away between three and five families a day. They may be people who've slept in a car for a couple of weeks and have been referred by the Department for Community Development.

One of the growing problems we see are single fathers. There are women's refuges but where do fathers with children go? It's a hidden but significant problem."

Young people considered homeless are those without a permanent address who live between refuges, welfare shelters, crisis accommodation or on the streets.

Karel Eringa, executive officer of Shelter WA said: "The causes of homeless are numerous and complex – poverty, family breakdown, mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse.

"For instance, if you are 13 and your dad beats you up, you may have no option but to leave.

"The youth allowance from Centrelink is less than $300 a fortnight and the cheapest room in Perth costs about $50 a night.

"Private real estate won't help you. Homeswest won't house you until you turn 18 and rent assistance only kicks in after you have paid a certain amount of rent."

The problem was exacerbated by a chronic shortage of houses.

"Homeswest has a stock of just under 39,000 houses, which has remain unchanged since 1995," Mr Eringa said.

"In 1997 Homeswest houses represented 5.5 per cent of housing stock. In June last year it represented 4.9 per cent of stock."

Many young people are locked in a cycle of poverty.

Thrown out or fleeing an abusive domestic situation, they have no money but can't apply to Centrelink for help without an address.

Anne Russell-Brown, state manager of Mission Australia, said: "We have crisis accommodation in Vic Park, a six-bed hostel which is always full. We turn 80 per cent of people away.

Rod Mapstone, of Passages, a Northbridge referral and drop-in centre for homeless young people, said children as young as 12 had come for help.

"It can be a struggle to find beds. It's not unusual for us to shut the door at 4pm and there are young people who have nowhere to go," he said.

Community Development Minister Sheila McHale said $11.5 million would be spent in the next financial year on building Read More .. Homeswest properties and that 18 country women's refuges had been funded specifically to work with children.

The AIHW attributed WA's higher-than-average figures to the state's higher proportion of indigenous Australians.

The Sunday Times

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

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.

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South Korean Husband Win Paternity Fraud Lawsuit - Associated Press

South Korean Husband Wins Paternity Fraud Lawsuit

Associated Press, USA
June 1, 2004

South Korean husband successfully sues wife for Paternity Fraud and gets marriage annulled.  Wins $42,380 in compensation   Read More ..

Paternity Fraud Philippines

DNA paternity test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge | Visayan Daily Star Newspaper | Phillipines

DNA test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge

The Visayan Daily Star, Bacolod City, Philippines, BY CARLA GOMEZ, February 28, 2009

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Ray Alan Drilon has annulled the marriage of a Negrense couple after a DNA test showed that the child borne by the wife was not the biological offspring of the husband who works abroad.

The family court judge ruled that the marriage of the couple, whose names are being withheld by the DAILY STAR on the request of the court, was null and void.

Due to fraud committed by the wife in getting her overseas worker husband to marry her, properties acquired during their marriage are awarded in favor of the husband, the judge said in his decision, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday.

The judge also declared that since the overseas worker is not the biological, much less the legitimate father of the child of the woman, the Civil Registrar is ordered to change the surname of the child to the mother's maiden name and remove the name of the plaintiff as father of the child.

The complainant said he was working as an electronics engineer in the United Arab Emirates and on his return to the Philippines in 2001, his girlfriend of 10 years with whom he had sex, showed him a pregnancy test result showing that she was pregnant.

On receiving the news he was overjoyed and offered to marry her. Shortly after he went to Saudi Arabia to work, and his wife gave birth to a baby girl in the same year.

The birth of the child only five months after their marriage puzzled him but his wife told him that the baby was born prematurely, so he believed her, the husband said. Read More ..

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

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.

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Infidelity 'is natural'

BBC, U.K., September 25, 1998

Females 'stray to gather the best possible genes for their offspring'

Infidelity may be natural according to studies that show nine out of 10 mammals and birds that mate for life are unfaithful.

Experts found animals that fool around are only following the urges of biology.

New studies using genetic testing techniques show that even the most apparently devoted of partners often go in search of the sexual company of strangers.

Females stray to gather the best possible genes for their offspring, while males are driven to father as many and as often as possible.

"True monogamy actually is rare," said Stephen T Emlen, an expert on evolutionary behaviour at Cornell University.

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Who's the Daddy?

Up to three million Britons may be wrong about who their real father is , experts claim. But using DNA paternity tests to discover the truth can cause its own problems.

BBC, U.K., May 16, 2003

Dad's got blue eyes, Baby brown...

When Tessa found out she was pregnant after fertility treatment, she felt a mix of delight and doubt.

This wasn't simply pre-baby nerves - she suspected that her husband might not be the father. For Tessa had started sleeping with a colleague when the stress of the ongoing treatment became too much.

Keen to build a family with her husband, she let him believe the baby was his. But her lover threatened to reveal all if she ended the affair, and Tessa soon fell pregnant again. This time, her lover started to make nuisance calls to her home.

Tessa had no choice but to tell her husband. "I said to him, 'I've had an affair and you may not be the father of my children.' So with that, he went up the stairs, got dressed and left. And that was it," Tessa says in Women Who Live a Lie, a programme for the BBC's Five Live Report.

paternity fraud in Jamaica

Would you wear the jacket?

THERE IS A story I used to find hilarious in my high school years about a not too bright man. He was light skinned, his wife was of similar hue, but their first child was born with very dark complexion (darker dan Bello, blacker dan Blakka).

When the man wondered aloud about the baby's complexion his wife assured him that the child was born dark because the child was conceived in darkness (they had sex with the lights off). The man accepted the explanation. Because he loved his wife dearly, he also ignored the fact that the child had other obvious signs of resemblance to the young dark skinned man who did their gardening. To fix the problem, the husband put flood lights, strobe lights, spotlights and forty other lights in the bed room so there would be no more darkness to create dark babies.

Children's Identity Fraud
Paternity Fraud

Duped Dads, Men Fight Centuries-Old Paternity Laws

United States

"Duped Dads, Men Fight Centuries-Old Paternity Laws"

"Supporters of paternity identification bills point to a 1999 study by the American Association of Blood Banks that found that in 30 percent of 280,000 blood tests performed to determine paternity, the man tested was not the biological father." Read More ..

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American Association of Blood Banks
Parentage Testing Program Unit
Annual Report Summary Testing in 2001

Volume of testing 310,490 for the 2001 study

The Supreme Court of Canada -
Cour suprême du Canada

Big win for child identity rights.

Father wins right to be named on birth registration forms. Read More ..

Paternity Fraud

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tricked 'fathers' may get bill's help

Michael Lautar was devastated when he learned his first wife was cheating on him, and then crushed to discover the then 5-year-old girl who called him "Daddy" wasn't really his daughter.

Next came the sucker punch.

Lautar is under court order to pay nearly $800 a month in child support and other expenses, despite the fact his ex-wife has admitted in Allegheny County court papers that Lautar is not the girl's father. The child was born during their marriage. After the couple divorced, the mother married the girl's biological father. The mother, the father and the daughter live together in Moon, according to papers filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

"I'm stuck in this rip-off, this fraud," said Lautar, 40, of North Strabane. "It's paternity fraud, is what it is. ... And the state is enforcing this fraud." Read More ..

New Zealand

Lack of DNA Paternity testing abuses Dads and Kids

New Zealand Child Support Reform Network.

Press release:
10 November 2004

Lack of free Family Court Ordered DNA Paternity testing abuses Dads and Kids.

"The Labour Government is abusing fathers and children by failing to legislate for free DNA testing to establish paternity", is how Jim Nicolle, spokesperson for the New Zealand Child Support Reform Network, responds to United Futures call for Family Court Ordered DNA paternity tests.  Read More ..