In Texas, nearly 128,000 fathers are paying child support to children who are not theirs. However, a new law is aiming to reduce this statistic.
For example, a Harris County man has been paying $1,400 a month in child support for two children who are not actually his, according to a recent DNA test. Until recently, the law stated that even if a man discovered that he was not the father of the child for whom he was paying child support, he had to continue to pay because it was in the best interest of the child.
The new law gave men until September 1 to ask for DNA testing to show the court that the children receiving their financial support is not theirs. However, if a man found out in the past year that he was not the father, he can still petition the court after the deadline.
Despite potentially releasing men from paying child support to children who are not theirs, critics are still against the limited time period in which men have to file these petitions.