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Genetic evidence shows that man is birth father of only 1 twin

Parents in Massachusetts who have questions regarding child support when the paternity of a child is in question may be interested in a case that is unfolding elsewhere along the Eastern Seaboard. On May 4, a judge in New Jersey ruled that an unnamed defendant would be required to pay child support for only one of two twins following DNA testing that determined that he was not the biological father of both children.

Media sources report that the phenomenon known as heteropaternal superfecundation can occur naturally when two eggs are produced, fertilized by different fathers and implanted during a single fertility cycle. It rarely happens. A 1997 medical source that was cited in the court ruling estimates that only one in 13,000 paternity cases involves heteropaternal twins. According to court documents, the woman who filed suit in the New Jersey case indicated that she did have sexual relations with two men near the time that the twins were conceived.

Regardless of what she said in court, only one man was named in the woman's petition for child support. The mother's claim for support of the other child was dismissed by the Passaic County Superior Court family court judge who heard the case. Sources indicate that this case is one of only three legal cases involving twins with different fathers that have been documented in this country to date.

Parents who want to establish the paternity of a child through DNA testing may find it helpful to contact a family law attorney in Massachusetts. In addition to genetic testing, the attorney may also be able to help individuals with the establishment of parental rights, child visitation and child support, which children in this state are designated to receive until they reach the age of emancipation.

Source: ABC News, "New Jersey Twins Born to Different Dads - So Judge Rules Only 1 Gets Child Support," Gillian Mohney, May 8, 2015

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