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Published by Maria Marilyn Madrid

Confusion is expected to occur if and when interested parties have incorrect ideas about paternity testing. There are lots of myths involved such as it is a painful process, it can only be done after the baby is born, it is not legally acceptable, and it is not accurate, just to name few wrong notions about it. It is quite a challenge to some people such as scientists and parents to enrich themselves with more ideas about the process of testing for paternity. Here the six important ideas that one should bear in mind should he or she wants to undergo this process.


There are various reasons why a person wants a paternity test; to claim custody of a child, to share and give support, and proof of fathering a child as popular examples. There are other reasons that determining paternity is important such as prevention of human trafficking, finding lost and missing relatives, and immigration purposes to name a few. And each purpose may have different types of tests appropriate for it. For example, a prenatal DNA testing maybe effective if there are health risks involved and a father is the only hope to provide blood and bone marrow.


There are three persons who are naturally involved in the process; mother, father, and the child. To some people, blood sample from the father is enough; however, some father insists that DNA samples from the mother should also be included in order to determine that both of them really did actually conceive a child. In addition, there are hidden benefits such as being informed of possible health and medical complications for the child as an example.


One of the important requirements on this kind of test is of course voluntary submission. Those who want to the test done should secure permission that the other party is willing to undergo it. Should the other party deny the request, there are federal and local laws which can help; of course, it should be accomplished together with a legal counsel.


The process is really simple, once both parties agreed for the test or has secured court orders for the test to proceed; a sample from both parties is taken and is submitted to a laboratory for genetic analysis. Usually, it is completed on the average of five days to get results which are legally acceptable.


The test result is 99 percent accurate if performed correctly; which means there were no contaminations or procedural errors made. Sometimes, it takes a court proceeding to legitimise the results. Once the result is known, interested parties can proceed for whatever intent he or she had in mind such as financial support, sharing of custody, or surrendering parental rights.

The whole aspect of paternity testing can either be easy or difficult but one must remember that there are consequences involved in it. Thus, be sure that you are prepared for whatever these are such as astronomical financial support, bitter and painful custody hearings, and emotional betrayal. Some of these consequences are difficult to hurdle and it takes time to recover from them.

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