Friday June 1, 2012 the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a mother who knowingly false identifies the father of her child can be sued for fraud. She may even be forced to pay back any child support she has received.
It was a difficult decision for officials because just like child custody cases, these cases can be very messy and embarrassing for all parties involved. Illinois already has this law in place. Judges believe recovering money for fraud victims outweighs the possible harm it may cause. Iowa officials are hoping these types of cases will deter mothers from lying to start with.
DNA paternity testing can help paternity fraud victims fight their case. If you think you or someone you know is a victim to paternity fraud, call 800-535-5198 and speak with a DNA specialist. Test Me DNA is here to help.