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A Texas man says he's a victim of mistaken paternity and shouldn't have to pay support for a child that isn't his.
The growth in genetic checks reveals that 1 in 25 men are bringing up children they mistakenly believe are their own. Finding out the truth can be devastating
A law that became effective on September 1, 1999, states that if the father and mother have signed the AOP, the biological father becomes the legal father.
Either parent has 60 days from the time the AOP is filed at the Bureau of Vital statistics to rescind the acknowledgment and remove the father’s name from the birth certificate. One of the parents must file a Petition to Rescind with the court. Even after 60 days, one of the parents may file a motion to challenge the AOP, but will be required to prove fraud, duress, or mistake of fact. Any such suit must be filed within four years of the AOP being filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Minor parents have four years from the date they become an adult (emancipate) to challenge the AOP.
Texas has a new law, Texas SB785, which permits men who have been ordered to pay child support, without genetic testing, to request genetic testing in order to determine whether they are the genetic parent of the child. But the clock is ticking. If you suspect that you are paying child support for a child who is not your biological child, you must file the petition before September 1, 2012.
Originally posted by jam321
Tried to read article but got video about bear versus cruiser.
they were married to the child's mother at any time between the conception and the birth of the child
they refuse to take a DNA test
they are named as a parent on the child's birth certificate.