June 25, 2007, - 12:33 pm

Who’s Your Daddy?: Studies Reveals Details About Mormons, British Paternity/Fidelity

By Debbie Schlussel
A frequent Montel, Maury, and Jerry Springer topic is now under an academic microscope.
Atlantic Monthly’s July/August issue (I guess in this case it’s Atlantic Bi-Monthly) reveals that 5% to 15% of the men listed as fathers on birth certificates aren’t the biological fathers of their children. More and more fathers and children are learning this, as genetic testing becomes more common.
Writer Steve Olson reports that in Salt Lake City–where the Mormon Chruch is dominant–a sample of father-son pairs among 100,000 volunteers revealed that only 2% of those listed as fathers are not the real fathers of their sons.

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On the other hand, a British town found that around 30% of the towns husbands were not the fathers of those whom thought were their children and were born to their wives or girlfriends.
Why is this important? Well, for one thing, child support. Paternity fraud happens more than people realizes. And men who are not the fathers of children end up paying support through the nose. In many states, if you begin paying child support and later find out you are not the father, you are stuck until the child is 18–and in some cases, until the child is 21 or for total college expenses.
That’s quite a reward for infidelity on the part of a spouse.

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5 Responses

A LOT of 1st-born are not from the real father. The girl gets pregnant by one guy, then ropes another guy (the guy with the REAL job) into marriage, and he doesn’t figure it out till they’ve had 2 more that ARE his. I know more than one family like this.

steve ventry on June 25, 2007 at 1:18 pm

What does any of this have to do with Mormonism? Everyone in Salt Lake City is Mormon? IDNKT!
A LARGE MAJORITY ARE MORMON THERE, AND THAT PARTICULARLY STUDY WAS CONDUCTED BY A MORMON FOUNDATION. WHAT DOES IT SHOW? THAT MORMON WIVES ARE PROBABLY LESS LIKELY TO COMMIT ADULTERY. THAT’S A COMPLIMENT, NOT AN INSULT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

SultericDrums on June 25, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Debbie, this reminds me of a joke about the definition of mass confusion, the answer to which involves Father’s Day in a certain American town. Anyway the 10% figure has been around for a long time, since around the time living donor organ transplants began. By the way, my sperm are programmed to abort any foreign pregnancy they encounter.

Anonymous1 on June 25, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Steve..it is sad..but you are soo right. If paternity tests were widespread and cheaper, I am sure that would reduce the problem.

markccu on June 25, 2007 at 7:33 pm

“Paternity Fraud?”
Well, and Good. A man bedded a woman and now he’s in doubt. But he had his fun, meanwhile.
So, why should the child be supported? AND accepted? They should after all, be WANTED!
Someone in this world, should take care of them?
NOT just the woman.

allat on June 26, 2007 at 1:36 pm

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