Is Paternity Fraud The Perfect Crime?
June 1, 2005 — You know the absolute destruction of "right and wrong" is complete when the global problem of
paternity fraud appears to be just a matter of judicial bias and fodder for escapist television shows like
So, what is paternity fraud? Paternity fraud occurs when a mother goes, to borrow a phrase from Carnell Smith,
Director of Citizens Against Paternity Fraud, "man shopping." That is, a mother purposefully lies about who her
child's biological father is. And what's the purpose of this? The mother receives/maintains a higher child support
award than the real father can provide.
If an innocent child is lied to concerning a fundamental thing like who their biological father is, what are the
medical and emotional consequences that child must face? If a man is lied to about being a child's biological
father, what are the financial and emotional consequences he must deal with?
Heartache and abject misery abound when mothers make the choice to commit the crime of paternity fraud. It's as
simple as that. What's the issue? Paternity fraud isn't a laughing matter, despite the millions of bumper stickers
pasted around the world that ask: "Who's your daddy?" Paternity fraud destroys not just the bedrock concept of
right and wrong, but the immediate family members of paternity fraud victims.
Meet Cheryl King. She's married to Liam Magill, a paternity fraud victim. In 2002, Liam sued his ex-wife for
having an affair during their four-year marriage, and for the fact DNA proved two of their three children were not
his. A County Court in Australia properly decided "the law of deceit" applied because Liam's name was on the
children's birth certificates, and application forms for child support.
Liam Magill was eventually awarded $70,000 AU compensation from Meredith, his ex-wife. It looked like a court in
Australia was honorable, and would lay down a precedent for the world to follow. If you lie about paternity, you've
committed a serious crime, and will pay the price.
Unfortunately, a few months ago the Supreme Court of Victoria overturned the lower court judgement. You can't
blame Liam Magill for not having been in court to hear the biased, stupid, and anti-male ruling. Magill v. Magill
once was a torch of reason. It now has been turned into a heap of ash. The three judges had the audacity to say the
"law of deceit" didn't apply. One of the three stooges, I mean judges, said Liam's wife didn't "wholly" set out to
deceive him. Right. Meredith just forgot to tell Liam two of his three children actually belonged to her lover.
Nice woman, huh? The three judges don't want their ruling to be used as a precedent, but it's a little too late for
Thank goodness Cheryl King is a fighter. She has supported her husband Liam through thick and thin. She's
endured the pain of paternity fraud. It's not easy watching your husband be forced to live with a lie and pay for
it. Cheryl and Liam have joined millions of people around the world to fight paternity fraud. Their web site
Paternity Fraud In Australia is another starting point to stopping the crime of paternity fraud.
Meet Mia Terrazas. She's married to Enrique Terrazas, a paternity fraud victim. Her husband's ex-wife, Maria
Acosta-Rymer, has confessed Enrique isn't the biological father of a child he raised as his own for ten years. Mia
and Enrique know the true reason why Maria chose him over the real biological father. Enrique is a doctor at two
hospitals in San Francisco.
Remember what I said earlier about "man shopping?" It turns out Maria and her lover made certain Enrique's name
appeared on the birth certificate in order for them to collect child support from him. Again, Enrique is a doctor.
Is this the perfect crime, or what? The biological father of Serena Terrazas is alive. Why isn't he paying child
support? Interestingly, Maria is allowed to sue Enrique not only for more child support, but for allegedly not
providing support since the divorce. What a great state California is, huh?
Where is the justice for Enrique, Mia, and Serena Terrazas? It's crystal clear that paternity fraud destroys
entire families both financially and emotionally. The lies hurt. The lies are unacceptable. The children of
paternity fraud victims are victims themselves. They often grow up unaware of their correct medical history or
their cultural background. Do we really hate men that much around the world that we feel nothing about punishing
Mia Terrazas, much like Cheryl King, is a wonderful second wife who remains deeply supportive of her husband — a
paternity fraud victim. As an interesting aside, in the state of Georgia, it took the heroic efforts of second
wives of husbands fighting confiscatory child support guidelines that had nothing to do with the actual cost of
raising children, to have legislation finally passed making child support payments fair and just. I believe Cheryl,
Mia, and the second wives of paternity fraud victims around the world are making, and will continue to make, much
needed family court reform possible.
Truth is, we're in big trouble when the crime of paternity fraud is treated as another "gotcha" on television
shows like Desperate Housewives. Guessing the paternity of a baby these days is a sick part of our twisted sense of
family. We're not supposed to lay moral judgement on mothers who lie about — human life. Next to drugging children
with Ritalin to treat invented mental disorders, I really can't think of anything more repulsive.
Mothers who commit paternity fraud should be punished to fit the full scope of their
crime for all parties concerned. After all, a civilized world will not continue to exist if the truthful disclosure
of a child's biological father remains — a cheating wife's choice.
Copyright © 2005 Tony Zizza, First published on ifeminists.com ,
Reproduced with permission of the author.