Should paternity fraud be criminalized?

Paternity fraud is when a woman knowingly and intentionally deceives a man that a child, who is not of that man, is his, in order to receive child support payments.

Criminalized means that it becomes a crime to do this, meaning fines and jail time could be levied against the offender.
Cindyhall86, Whatever punishment you think is appropriate is irrelevant. Any punishment involving either fines, jail time, or a mixture of two would be at the discretion of the judge on a case-per-case basis.

The question is whether it should be criminal. This means that, if convicted of it, it goes on her criminal record.

Jail isn’t too steep for people caught shoplifting worth of candy. That’s criminal — it’s theft. But if a woman has a man wrongfully ordered to pay child support for up to 18 years (25 if the child goes to college), that can change the course of his life, robbing him of his best years, and retarding his advanced years.

RainDog, if it’s not done knowingly, it’s not fraud. If it IS done knowingly, that’s what fraud is. The question is, "should it be criminalized?" Or did you mean the criminal charge, "fraud?"

Alycia West, why would the child lose both parents at the same time? Obviously the courts would have to reevaluate who the most fit parent is.
Cindyhall86, Whatever punishment you think is appropriate is irrelevant. Any punishment involving either fines, jail time, or a mixture of two would be at the discretion of the judge on a case-per-case basis.

The question is whether it should be criminal. This means that, if convicted of it, it goes on her criminal record.

Jail isn’t too steep for people caught shoplifting worth of candy. That’s criminal — it’s theft. But if a woman has a man wrongfully ordered to pay child support for up to 18 years (25 if the child goes to college), that can change the course of his life, robbing him of his best years, and retarding his advanced years.

RainDog, if it’s not done knowingly, it’s not fraud. If it IS done knowingly, that’s what fraud is. The question is, "should it be criminalized?" Or did you mean the criminal charge, "fraud?"

Alycia West, why would the child lose both parents at the same time? Obviously the courts would have to reevaluate who the most fit parent is.
Sorry about the repeats of the details. Yahoo Answers really sucks from a technical standpoint. I cannot fix it.

Hannah, currently paternity fraud is not criminal.

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