This week we're looking at child support and spousal maintenance (alimony) payments. These can be some of the most hotly contested subjects in a divorce case, only behind child custody. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the laws for both of these in your state when you go to family court. Unusual situations can and do happen.
A very rare one happened in New Jersey when a court discovered that a woman's twins were actually fathered by two different men. It is possible, though very rare, for this to happen. The mother testified that she had sex with two men within a week's time around the time of conception and the court ordered a paternity test. The test showed that one of the children was not her ex-husband's.
It is estimated that 1 out of every 13,000 reported paternity cases have twins of different fathers. The number of detected cases is increasing thanks to advances in medical technology and changing sexual mores. The judge did order the father to pay child support for the child that was his.
Paternity testing is sometimes necessary in many family law cases to prove or disprove whether someone is the parent of a child. Unfortunately there are people who try to use children as leverage against an unrelated person to for financial gain, and also people who deny that a child is theirs. A paternity test puts those claims to the proof of science.
If you are interested in learning about paternity testing and how it can help you, call Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation.