Truth and Consequences: Part III. Who Pays When Paternity is Disestablished?
Publication Date: April 2003
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Author(s): Paula Roberts
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Coverage: United States
This monograph, the third in a three-part series on paternity disestablishment, addresses the fiscal consequences to the child, the parents, and the state if paternity is disestablished. Courts and state legislatures are dealing with the effect of disestablishment on past, present, and future child support obligations. Some are also addressing the circumstances under which a father who has disestablished his paternity may seek to recoup support he has provided to the child. A few states are also providing criminal penalties for those who intentionally establish the paternity of the wrong man. (Case law updated in August 2003.)