FoI in Australia: Mothers told to repay false paternity claims

Babies should be DNA tested at birth to ensure men are not wrongly named as a child's father, a men's rights group says.

Mothers are being made to pay back money to men they wrongly claim fathered their children under changes to child support laws, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

The paper says 18 men cleared by DNA testing have sought to get money paid through the federal Child Support Agency returned to them.

According to the documents obtained through a freedom of information request, orders for $171,567 have been made against mothers so far, while 300 men have been cleared of being fathers.

Mums pay back over wrongful paternity (The Age, 11 November 2008)