A Brazilian court has ruled that a set of identical twins are both required to pay child support after a paternity test fails to determine who the baby’s father is.
The men had DNA tests in a bid to determine the father of the child. However, the results proved to be inconclusive as the twins were so genetically similar.
The pair had allegedly tricked women by pretending to be each other so they could sleep with as many people as possible and refused to disclose who had slept with the child’s mother believing that they would escape having to make the payments if they could not work out who it was.
The mother told the court she had a brief relationship with the father of her daughter, who she believed to be called Fernando.
She said in her testimony she had met the man at a party of friends they had in common. Fernando informed her that he had a twin brother but they were never introduced.
It was only later when his motorcycle bore the name Fabricio that she began to question his identity
The judge at the Cachoeira Alta Court in the central state of Goias said the brothers were denying the child the right to know her biological father.
He ruled that both brothers must, therefore, be included on the girl’s birth certificate and ordered them each to pay maintenance of 30 per cent of the minimum wage which worked out at 230 reais (£45) per month.
The judge said: “One of the brothers, in bad faith, seeks to conceal fatherhood, such behaviour, of course, should not receive a guarantee from the judiciary which, on the contrary, must repress clumsy behaviour, especially in the case in which the defendants seek to benefit from their own clumsiness.
“Given the peculiarities of the case, I believe the decision that most embodies the concept of justice is the one that honours the interests and rights of the child, to the detriment of the tortuous defendants,”
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