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Has Germany found a solution for 'false fathers'?

Raising a child can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, responsibilities a person can have. But imagine you have spent years being a parent to a child only to find out that you actually have no biological relationship to that child. This is the devastating situation too many Florida men find themselves in when they are falsely named as the father of a child.

Considering how devastating this can be for the "false fathers," the child involved and the actual father who has yet to be named, it is a serious problem that needs a serious solution. In Germany, they have taken a controversial approach to these types of paternity cases.

According to recent news reports, Germany is on the verge of passing a law that would require mothers to disclose the names of men who could possibly be the father of a child if the wrong man has been named.

Supporters of this measure say that providing the list of names would make it easier for the falsely identified fathers to seek compensation, which they can receive from the actual father. Critics argue that there is no legal basis to force a woman to disclose this type of information.

While the measure has yet to secure parliamentary approval, and failed to do so last year, it is possible that it will pass this time. This time, it was proposed on the heels of a high-profile case involving a woman who refused to name the actual father of her child after it was revealed that her husband may not be the biological father.

This issue is certainly a controversial one that pits a mother's privacy against a man's parental rights -- or non-parental protections. However, it is an interesting option, considering the fact that Germany allows so-called false fathers to collect up to two years of repayment for child support from the actual father once he is named.

What do you think? Would such a measure work here in the U.S.? 

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