The paternity law in Kansas (and Missouri) is archaic and definitely needs to be changed. A married man is automatically presumed to be the father of a child born during a marriage. Not in this day and age of DNA testing.
The soldier in Kansas is being punished for his wife’s infidelity (1/22, Local, “Bill aims to fix ‘presumed father’ issue; Under current Kansas law, an ex-husband must pay support even if the children are not his”). How can it possibly be in the best interest of any child that women, with the state’s assistance, can perpetuate this type of malicious prosecution against innocent men?
If this were a criminal case, it would be dismissed based on the lack of evidence. How can it be in a child’s best interest to never know who his or her father really is, and not even look for him? Or does the truth not really matter? All children should be DNA tested at birth, thus eliminating the need for cases such as this.
This law is permitting the state, with the backing of the courts, to commit fraud. This is legal extortion.