Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Paternity: Innocence Is Now a Defense

This is the latest article from Wendy McElroy and available at

A California man was ordered to pay child support on a child that was proven NOT to be his by a DNA test. On June 30th, the Second District Court of Appeal of California overturned this order.

The appeals court explained, "the County ... should not enforce child-support judgments it knows to be unfounded. And in particular, it should not ask the courts to assist it in doing so. Despite the Legislature's clear directive that child-support agencies not pursue mistaken child-support actions, the County persists in asking that we do so. We will not sully our hands by participating in an unjust, and factually unfounded, result. We say no to the County, and we reverse."

The entire article can be viewed here.

Doesn't is seem odd that we celebrate when a man gets out of paying child support for a child he did not father?

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