If you think you’ve been victimized by paternity fraud, there are steps you can take to address the situation.

Consult a Lawyer: The laws governing paternity fraud are different in every state, so working with a divorce lawyer, a legal professional who uses family law, is crucial to your paternity case. Depending on where you live, you may be facing statutes of limitation for questioning paternity and restrictions on whether you’re permitted to challenge paternity.

Get the tests: Thanks to the availability of DNA testing, you can get a reliable paternity test fairly easily. Paternity testing could cost from $300 to $1,000, but that cost could translate to big savings if you’re excused from paying child support.

Do your homework: Generally, to prove that you’ve been victimized by paternity fraud, you must be able to prove that the mother of the child knew you weren’t the father when she named you as the father. Ask your divorce lawyer about what constitutes adequate proof where you live.

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