A woman sued a man for child support in Brazil for her daughter, now nine years old, who was born after a casual fling. The judge ordered a DNA test and it came back identifying the man as the father.
But the man denied he slept with the woman. It turned out that he had a twin brother. The woman could not say positively which of the twins she had slept with.
So, the judge ordered the second twin to take a DNA test and it came back as a match as well. The second twin denied that he slept with the woman.
Faced with a Solomon-like puzzle, Judge Filipe Luis Peruca issued his decision that created a unique child support solution.
“It’s evident that the defendants, from adolescence, took advantage — and continue to take advantage! — of the fact that they are identical twins,” he wrote in the ruling. “It became clear that they used each other’s name to attract as many women as possible and to hide instances of betrayal in their relationships.”
The Two-Father Child Support Solution
The judge ordered that the names of both men be added to the child’s birth certificate. He also ordered each man to pay $60 a month in child support and to collectively pay 50 percent of the child’s school and medical expenses.
That is twice as much child support usually awarded to children with a similar economic background in Brazil.