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Eight per cent of British men doubt paternity of their children, survey claims

Eight per cent of British men doubt the paternity of their child, a recent survey claimed.

According to the YouGov poll, 1.2 million men across the country are concerned that they may not be the biological father of their children.

The number of fathers with doubts varies by region – from 16 percent in London, Northern Ireland and the North East to just three per cent in Yorkshire and Scotland, the Mail reports.

Doubts varied according to occupation, marital status, and age, with older fathers being the most secure about the paternity of their children. Just five per cent of fathers over 55 admitted to doubts, compared to 15 per cent of fathers aged 25 to 34.

Meanwhile, six per cent of mothers in the North West said they were unsure who the father of their children was.

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  1. Paul says:

    And eight percent of men, probably more, have every right to be worried. Their only hope is that the suspected genetic material is superior to theirs.

  2. Luke says:

    “And eight percent of men, probably more, have every right to be worried. Their only hope is that the suspected genetic material is superior to theirs.”

    The current best guess of actual paternity fraud is about 4% in the UK – so 8% being worried suggests men are far too trusting 🙂

    I don’t understand your second sentence, ‘superior’ would be hard to define and it is certainly not a ‘hope’ in my view !

  3. Andrew says:

    Marry or shack up with an alley cat and you may be feeding someone else’s kittens. ‘Twas ever thus.

  4. Paul says:

    I did qualify ‘hope’, Luke, with an ‘only’. The two words run together. If you still don’t understand it then I’d say you’re probably going to be ok if you did find yourself in that God-forbidden position after the cuckoo called.

  5. Paul W says:

    Don’t get married and avoid the arcane pitfall of presumed paternity. If you are married your wife only has to produce the marriage certificate and boom your name goes on the birth certificate. If you are not married you have to declare yourself to be the father to the registrar.

    Do not agree to be named as the father with absolute proof, i.e. a paternity test. If she loves you she will be willing to give you the comfort of certainty. If she wont it is not unreasonable to suspect that she has something to hide.

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