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Wrongfully Accused Fathers To Get State Help?

Date: April 28, 2009
By: Alex Rozier
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: If signed by the governor, a bill giving protection to wrongfully accused fathers paying child support will become a reality.

Alex Rozier (ROW-ZEER) has more from the State Capitol.

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The bill would change the notification system for accused fathers to receive notice they have been alleged as father in person, not from the mail.

Men who can show probable cause they are not the father will be able to get a court order for a DNA Test.

The legislation would protect men who can prove 100% they are not the father from ever again having to pay child support.

St. Louis City Senator Jeff Smith is the sponsor.

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Description: We're looking to help right this wrong because people who are not the father should not have to spend years, and years, and years of their life paying child support for a child that isn't theres.

There were no votes against the bill.  

From the State Capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.


Intro: With one signature the Governor can give help to wrongfully accused fathers. Alex Rozier has more from the State Capitol.

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The House voted unanimously on a bill changing the notification system for men who are wrongfully accused fathers.

Currently,accused fathers find out through the mail.

This legislation would require an in-person visit notifying the individual they have been named and ordered to pay child support.

St. Louis City Senator Jeff Smith is the sponsor.

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Description: In many cases they're transient people, they are staying one place, one month, and maybe another place, another month, and often times they don't even realize they have a paternity judgment against them, because of that process, until it's to late.

The legislation also protects men who can prove 100%% they are not the father from ever again having to pay child support.

From the State Capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.