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All You Need to Know About Paternity Testing

The relationship between parents and children is one of the most important, if not the most important, relationship in the lives of both the parents and the children. In a world where broken families have become the norm and single mothers have grown in number, many children fail to know about their true fathers. This can be extremely disconcerting for children as a father’s affection and love is very important for their development. Similarly, many fathers don’t get to know about their children as well. It was extremely difficult to ascertain the true parentage of children some time back with various conflicts arising over a child’s true father all around the world. It was difficult to identify whether claims made by an individual that he is the father of a certain child or claims made by a mother about the parentage of her child or claims made by a child about his true parentage were true or not. However, this isn’t difficult anymore with DNA paternity testing which can eliminate all wrongful claims about a person’s true parentage and can also ascertain the true parentage of an individual through DNA testing. 

What is a DNA Paternity Test?

A DNA paternity test is a test which is done to confirm the parentage of a child. A child’s true father can be identified through the test. The test results normally tell whether a certain individual is the given child’s father or not. The DNA test is normally 100% accurate with there being no errors detected. The test requires samples from the child, the mother and the alleged father. In case two men lay claim to being the father of a single child, the DNA samples of both men will be required.  

The DNA test is conducted by taking a DNA which is a very easy and simple process. Obviously, for the test to be conducted, it requires the consent of everyone involved. If the child is 16 years old or above then the child’s consent would be needed as well. Otherwise, the consent of the parents would suffice. In cases where an individual does not consent, the case can be taken to court and a parentage suit can be filed with the court then deciding whether the test should be conducted or not. 

How to Get a Paternity Test Done?

DNA testing for confirming the paternity of a child is offered by various hospitals and you can arrange a test easily anywhere. However, it remains important that a reliable and well-reputed place is chosen for the DNA paternity test as the test is quite complex and requires the latest technology to produce the most accurate results. Since paternity test results are often used in court cases and are produced regularly in legal proceedings, getting the test done remains a good option. However, the CSA (Child Support Agency) and CMS (Child Maintenance Service) can also arrange a DNA paternity test on their own. It’s best to use the services of CSA for this purpose as the tests conducted under their supervision would hold credibility and you would be able to produce them in court if needed. The same is the case with testing agencies whose test results can also be used as evidence in legal proceedings.

Why Confirming the Child’s Parent is necessary?

A lot of people feel that it is very inappropriate to undergo a paternity test for adults as it somehow intrudes their privacy. However, the test remains an important instrument to identify the father of a child. Here are a few reasons why taking a paternity test is probably the right thing to do. 

• The child has every right to know who is true biological father is. This is very important for the child as it would help him/her in understanding some habits transferred from the father. It would also help the child in developing an understanding with the father regardless of whether the child doesn’t stay with him at all times. This would help avoid cases like that of Mylene Rapada who is now searching for her father.

• It can provide legal evidence to solve parentage disagreements. If two men lay claim to a single child or if a mother claims a man to be the father of her child, the disagreements can be easily resolved through the parentage test. 

• It can help the child via legal inheritance cases as well as the true children of an individual have right to his property, money etc after his death. If people come out and accept to give their DNA for parentage testing then controversies like that of the ex-Spanish king can also be avoided. Currently, a case has been lodged for DNA test of the ex-Spanish king because Mr. Sola, a waiter, claims to be son of former king

• DNA testing can also ensure that a child’s responsibilities are not just taken by a mother but also by his true biological father as the law dictates that a father must take care of the child financially even if the baby was completely unplanned. 

 

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