Missouri governor signs bill allowing paternity challenges

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | 4:32 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has joined the majority of states in letting men challenge paternity findings.

Legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon gives men two years to contest paternity rulings with a DNA test.

If a test excludes a man as a father, he would be excused of previous child-support debt and have criminal nonsupport convictions removed from his record.

More than 30 states have adopted similar laws in the past decade.

The paternity bill was one of nearly two dozen signed Tuesday by Nixon. Others included a ban on machines for inhaling alcohol vapors and a bill giving the Transportation Commission more flexibility in awarding contracts for roads and bridges.


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