Once again, Missouri judges have ordered a man to pay for a child that is not his own. This time the mother has declared in court repeatedly that the man is not the father of her child. Yet a state agency says he is. The state wants this man thrown in jail, and an appeals court agreed. this man and others are caught in a national issue that pits fairness against the power of the state to avoid the expense of finding the real fathers of children.
On any given day millions of people watch sensation television where a dysfunctional woman and the pawns of their dysfunction are used to increase ratings. When it comes down to it, these children are the ones who will suffer in the long run. Nothing good comes from the display of a mother testing many men to find out who fathered her baby and forever follow the child.
Many men are trapped into paying child support because they either fail to contest paternity or are declared by the state administrativly. Unlike the Missouri Legislature several states have recently changed (or are considering changes) that allow men to introduce DNA evidence and bring truth back to the system. Several bills in the Missouri House and Senate would have allowed that here, but the assigned committees did nothing to bring this legislation forward.
In most states, a reputed father can be declared without his knowledge, making the very short time to contest useless. A period of one year is the standard in Missouri, Kansas, and many other states. Child support must be paid until children turn 18, or graduate from college. Judges typically follow a process designed to provide money from any man irregardless of who the real father is. This is tantamount to state sponsored paternity fraud.
If there is a requirement of paternity testing before any requirement of child support a great deal of expense, pain, and family disruption can be avoided. Also, this gives some women the chance take more responsibility for their actions. No longer will lies be able to hurt so many lives in the long run.
And by long run we mean a very long run. In one of these cases a Missouri Court found "…is now held to be the father of (the child) for all purposes and all time," , "despite both mother and father's statements to the contrary and without any determination of that relationship by a court of law."
It is unfair that a man has to pay for a child that is not his, regardless of true paternity a target is still required by law to support the children even if he did not father them. It is obvious that in Missouri paternity fraud is rampant.
Often we hear about dead beat dads and womens rights.But what about responsible men who want to do the right thing? Where are the rights for these men? Along with mandatory paternity testing their should be a mandatory law stating that the woman should pay back the child support received over how ever long period the time due to the fact that the child/children are not his.