PATERNITY FRAUD/CHILD SUPPORT FRAUD INFORMATION FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
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Support Fraud, Aka "CUCKOLDING" Aka Paternity Fraud occurs
when a mother lies (intentionally or unintentionally) about the biological
father. A mother is aware of all paternity candidates since
she was there when the event(s) occurred.
- "The system aimed at "deadbeat dads" illustrates the
noble-sounding effort to help children but tramples on the rights of
innocent people. Why don't the laws equally go after "deadbeat
moms" who don't know who the fathers of their children are? Or go
after deadbeat moms who name an innocent man purposely. Or
go after deadbeat moms who don't get jobs, or use their child support money for
everything except the children. Do the feminist groups hate men
so much that they can only support laws for deadbeat dads and not deadbeat
moms? The children suffer enormously from deadbeat moms. What
kind of role models for daughters are deadbeat moms? After
all, the moms are usually the custodial parents because irresponsible
moms will not give their children to responsible, adoptive parents who
are capable of earning a living. When moms
cannot take care of their babies, financially and emotionally, adoptive
parents are a great choice if they allow the biological mother to be
a part of the extended family. Think of the mother who is so irresponsible who can impose
upon the child to have to ask, "who is my real dad?"
- Of course child support payments are crucial for health, education,
and welfare of the child, that is, if the mother is truly using the
funds for those causes and not for other irresponsible behavior. If
aid is so important, why not track down the actual father and make him
pay. We don't grab random men off the street and force them to
make child support payments for someone he doesn't know or are not his
children just because aid is so important.
- There is irreversible emotional and psychological toll on a person
who has just found out he has been lied to for years with absolutely
no legal recourse but to pay for children that are not his. This
emotional damage is passed on to the children and damages the relationship
for everyone involved, especially the attitude of the children
towards the mother. Eventually the children realize the lies,
deceipt and irresponsible behavior of the mother.
- Children are harmed
by depriving them of their biological heritage for life-threatening
illnesses. Genetic medicine is increasingly vital in the treatment
of many diseases. Inheritance rights can also effect the child.
- "We owe it to our children that they have the opportunity
to know their biological parents. As a society, we can't just
say any man will do as dad, which is what we are saying when we nonchalantly
name a 'legal father' by default or otherwise. This devalues fathers
and fatherhood, " says Cornell Smith, director of Paternity Fraud.com
and NFJA (National Family Justice Association).
- Children are more
damaged than helped by child support fraud because it rewards lying
about the child's heritage and destroys the justice system. The
"best interests of the child" are undermined. You can
put the child first by putting justice in our society. Rewarding
mothers for not being responsible for the heritage of her children only
encourages the next generation to do the same thing.
- The system also lacks penalties for naming the wrong father.
The mothers sign in their declarations under penalty of purgery.
But there has never been a single case where a mother was charged
with a crime for naming the wrong man. The laws are making men
victims and rewarding the mistakes of the mother.
- G. Sacks and D. Thompson wrote that in Los Angeles County, 79% of paternity judgments, in 2000, were
decreed by default. Most of these men did not know about child
support until their wages were garnished. N.Riccardi and G. Krikorian
wrote about Los Angeles County in a 1998 LA Times report on child support,
"No one knows how many men are wrongfully pursued for child support,
though the district attorney's own records show that on average more
than 350 a month are incorrectly named as fathers. The Association
of blood banks, in 2000, found that in almost 30 percent of the paternity
tests conducted, the man being tested was not the biological father.
- The legal system needs to recognize DNA science in child support
cases as they do in murder and rape cases. Raymond Jackson, paternity
fraud victim, says, "It's like the legal system is saying, let
your wife cheat on you, have children by other men, divorce you, and
now you have to pay for it all"
- Default judgments should be outlawed. If the mother cannot
locate the correct "sperm donor" or biological father, she
should still be allowed to collect minimal health care for her child,
so she doesn't have to lie or make up or guess about the real father.
The mother can be put on some kind of community work force to
pay back the system for the health care. Services should not be
free but paid for with work from the mothers, that would benefit themselves
and other needy families with donating time for communal day care, or
any communal services for children.
- States now have
a financial incentive to collect as much child support money as they
can. They pocket a cut of child supoort payment, easrn performance rewards
from the federal government, and enjoy the savings from reduced welfare
rolls. The child support services motive is stronger than ever.
In California, for example the child support services crunches
numbers every which way they can: total child support dollars
collected per dollar of total expenditure, average amount collected
per case, and so on. But nowhere does the state bother to count
the number of citizens it has wrongfully named as fathers. Where
are those records and numbers - not available.
some cases the laws would provide criminal penalties for women who
willingly lie about the father of their children. Pending
in Vermont, is the toughest bill of all. It would make a mother's
knowingly false allegation of fatherhood a felony that could put
her behind bars for up to two years and fine her up to $5,000. "A
woman almost always knows who the father is, and if she puts down
the wrong person knowingly and it's costing him money, it's just
plain fraud," says state Rep. Leo Valliere, a Republican, the
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