Monday, July 18, 2005

Tardiness on paternity tests can be costly for men - Kansas

Kansas City Star


Leroy Jones of Kansas City paid more than $30,000 in child support over 12 years — about $6,000 of it after a DNA test proved he was not the father.

Because Jones’ test came more than a year after a court first ruled he was the child’s father. His late test doesn’t matter, not in Missouri, Kansas or most other states. Alleged fathers have a short time — one year in Missouri and Kansas — to contest court findings that they are a parent.

Jeffery Leving, a Chicago lawyer who specializes in fathers’ rights, says his staff is preparing a bill for next year’s Missouri General Assembly that would require DNA tests for all alleged unmarried fathers. A similar bill failed recently in Illinois but will reappear next year, he said.

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