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Paternity tests may solve child support cases in St. Louis

Many cases of child support help provide for the well being of a child whose parents aren't married. A man in a different state recently served jail time for not paying child support. The only problem was, the baby wasn't his. After serving time in jail, he was able to take a paternity DNA test, and proved that he wasn't the father, and was released.

A similar situation could happen in St. Louis and it is important that people understand their responsibilities when facing child support payments and paternity issues. Many times a simple DNA test can determine if a man is the father of a child. This test could help solve many debated paternity cases.

The man in this case was forced to serve jail time away from his own family. His wife had to raise his two children on her own while he was away. He also faced payments totally $50,000 for the child support the woman claimed he owed. After he was released from jail following the DNA test, he was still obligated to pay the money, but the mother of the child waived her right to the payments.

If someone in St. Louis finds themselves debating the validity of a paternity issue, they may want to speak with a family law attorney. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the legal process and make sure all options are pursued to come to a resolution in the case. It is important that paternity tests are conducted to make sure the right person is paying child support.

Source: CBS DFW, "Man Jailed For Child Support For Baby That Wasn't His," April 12, 2012

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