Few publications I’ve read deal adequately with the issue of paternity fraud, but this piece is an exception (VeryWell, 7/12/19). It’s an accurate and informative article that men, particularly young men, should familiarize themselves with.
Paternity fraud occurs when a man is led to believe he’s the father of a child when in fact he’s not. Fortunately, few women engage in the practice, but when one does, she can give rise to a host of ills for him, the child and the biological dad.
Misattributed paternity can be devastating for men who have spent years believing they are biologically tied to a child, only to later learn that they actually share no DNA. In addition to the emotional pain caused by paternity fraud—which affects the biological father, the non-biological father, and the child at the center of it—victims of misattributed paternity may have been paying child support for years.