A Judge has ordered two identical twin brothers to pay child support after they refused 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.
According to Daily Mail, the two men had refused to tell the court which one was the father in a plot to avoid paying anything at all, since a DNA test could not reveal the infant’s true father either because of their identical twin status.
‘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.
He, therefore, ruled that the names of both men would be on the girl’s birth certificate, and 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.
It was also reported that the twins’ names have not been disclosed for legal reasons, and were only referred to in court as Fernando and Fabrício.