Many Dads Unknowingly Raising Others’ Kids
Increase in paternity testing reveals 1 in 25 men raising children not their own, study says
THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDayNews) — Calling it a Pandora’s Box with broad health implications, British researchers say genetic testing is informing about 4 percent of fathers that a child they are raising is not their own.
The implications are huge, the study authors noted, because such revelations often lead to divorce and increased mental health problems for both the man and woman involved, including the threat of violence by the man.
Now that is such a large percentage! Years ago, I wondered why in Philippine law a wife could be criminally charged with adultery, in this case one extramarital affair would be enough to convict her. A husband on the other hand, could not be charged with adultery, but instead with concubinage. For concubinage to occur, one affair would not be enough. The husband would have to live with the other woman in the same domicile as his wife or would have to live with the woman as husband and wife. Such disparity, I later realized was due to the fact that a womans infidelity could cause the husband and wife to support a child which the husband did not father. Such is not the case if the husband fools around.
But for the wives. You don’t have to cry unfair. Husbands can be charged with infidelity, although this carries a much lesser punishment since this charge is only a civil case and not a criminal case.