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Can you defend against paternity fraud?

You are facing the very real possibility of owing child support or facing legal consequences because an ex-girlfriend is claiming that you are the father of her child in Florida. However, you are confident that you are not the father and are suspecting your ex of making you the victim in a classic case of paternity fraud. Fortunately, there are things you can try and do to remedy the situation, but the best thing you can do is to understand what paternity fraud is before it negatively impacts your future. 

According to verywell family, paternity fraud occurs when your ex names you as the father of her child in legal documents, but you are not the actual father. If the courts agree with the mother's assessment, you could be required to pay child support and meet other obligations in regards to raising the child. If you have been accused, the best thing you can do is to take a DNA test which will reveal firsthand whether or not there are any blood ties. From here, you should obtain professional input as you work to clear your name. 

It is important to note that if you have been the victim of paternity fraud, the chances that you will ever be fully reimbursed for child support payments is relatively slim. However, catching the problem before it worsens may prevent you from having to continue making payments. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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