A House committee has unanimously approved a bill that would let a man end his child-support obligation if he proves he's not the biological father. ...So the mother is sexually unfaithful, falsely names the wrong father, defrauds the man out of child support payments, deprives the child of his true biological father, and some judge is going to reward her for it by granting her 18 years of court-ordered support payments? And rationalize it by claiming that it is in the best interests of the child?
As it is now, the bill does not include an amendment that a court could grant relief to the man only if it found that doing so would be in the best interests of the child.
Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, said his Senate bill will include that amendment.
"I don't think I can pass that bill in the Senate without that amendment," Lawson said.
I think that paternity fraud should be a felony, and the best interests of the child might be for the child to be raised by non-felons.