Child Support in Brazil: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Under a new law in Brazil, the supposed father of an unborn child must pay child support during pregnancy.   He must also help fund special diets and medical expenses incurred due to the pregnancy.  Until now, a man was not forced to pay child support until after the child was born and DNA proved paternity.

In the United States, states are required to have a process for establishing paternity by a child’s eighteenth birthday.  Find more information about laws in the US at the Office of Child Support Enforcement.  To generate a 50 state survey on a child support topic, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures Child Support Guildelines Database. 
Sources: Library of Congress News and Events, US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement, and National Conference of State Legislatures

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