Identical twin brothers are both told to pay maintenance for a child after they refuse to reveal which of them had fathered the girl and DNA paternity tests prove inconclusive in Brazil
- Judge Filipe Luís Peruca ruled both men would have to pay child maintenance
- The two men planned to evade payments by refusing to say who the father was
- They will now be forced to pay 230 reais; ($60; £45) a month for the child
Two identical twin brothers have been ordered to pay child maintenance after refusing to say which one of them had fathered an infant girl.
Judge Filipe Luís Peruca, in the central state of Goiás, Brazil said since paternity could not be established both men would have to pay for the child.
The two men had refused to tell the court which one was the father in a plot to avoid paying anything at all.
A DNA test could not reveal the infant’s true father either because of their identical twin status.
DNA tests were unable to prove which man had fathered the girl because their genetic makeup was too similar
‘One of them is acting in bad faith in order to hide the fact that he is the father. Such vile behaviour cannot be tolerated by the law,’ wrote the judge in the town of Cachoeira Alta.
The judge said the two men had removed the young girl’s right to know who her biological father was.
Under the court ruling, they will each have to pay 230 reais; ($60; £45) a month, or 30% of the minimum salary in Brazil, as maintenance – double the amount of normal maintenance payments.
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Judge Peruca also ruled that the names of both men would be on the girl’s birth certificate.
The twins’ names have not been disclosed for legal reasons. They were referred to in court as Fernando and Fabrício.
The judge said the twins had used their resemblance to impersonate each other and date as many women as possible, and then defend themselves from allegations they were cheating on girlfriends.
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