It is very rare, but it happens: it is possible for twins to have different fathers. Recently, for only the third time in the US, a judge ruled that a man was only legally required to pay child support for one twin. The other twin did not share his DNA and had been conceived by a different man.

The phenomenon is called superfecundation, and is estimated to occur in about out of every 13,000 sets of twins. According to the judge in the case above, cases of superfecundation are actually on the rise, due to promiscuity and reproductive technologies now available.  If a woman releases more than one egg during ovulation, superfecundation is possible. (It makes you wonder how many men out there are paying child support for twins that may not both be biologically his…)

In Florida, it is important to establish paternity. For a mother, it means being able to collect child support for her child. For a father, it means having legal rights and the ability to see his child and have a relationship with that child if the mother tries to block access. In the Orlando area, the paternity lawyers at The Llabona Law Group have extensive experience handling paternity disputes. They represent fathers who have been denied opportunities to see their children, and they represent mothers seeking to establish paternity for the purposes of child support. If you need legal advice concerning paternity, contact The Llabona Law Group today.

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