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Men seek to change state paternity law

Posted April 15, 2010 6:58 p.m. EDT
Updated April 15, 2010 7:12 p.m. EDT

— Five men who say they're victims of paternity fraud met with some state lawmakers on Thursday.

The men say they have DNA tests proving they're not the biological fathers of children, yet they must still pay child support due to state law, which allows fathers two months after acknowledging paternity to dispute it and one year to prove fraud.

“Anyone in my position that’s got caught in the system, you’re at the mercy of the courts. They’re going to dictate how to live your life,” said Victor McAllister, who says he is the victim of paternity fraud.

“The question is how to remedy that. First to stop any future child support requirements on that person who is not the father; second to do so in a way that doesn't disrupt totally the life of the child,” said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland County.

A bill to extend the time period to prove fraud passed in the House last year, but stalled in the Senate.