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Man Not Father-Forced To Pay Child Support

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By Paul Johnson

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - This man in Phoenix says he's part of a growing issue.
He's being forced to pay support for a child that's been proven not to be his.
Ken Smith says DNA testing shows he's not the father of a six year old boy.
He has since cut off contact with the boy and says the child's mother has no idea who the father is.
But, because his name's on the birth certificate, Smith is on the financial hook.
"I was shocked. 'cause I'm like - how do you have concrete evidence that says this is not my child -- two DNA tests and a confession and I'm still being held to pay for a child that's not mine."
"There should definitely be something in the law that recognizes that they should not be locked into paying, for example, child support to a mother who has essentially defrauded them."
Rick Murphy is an Arizona state senator.
He says he was unaware problems like these occurred until he was contacted by a local TV station.
But Murphy says something needs to be done.


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