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Paternity Testing Who Needs It?

Sometimes you just have to ask the tough questions

Science forges ahead in leaps and bounds and now, not only can you convict a man who was previously considered innocent, based on new evidence, but you can also pin fatherhood on a man who would prefer to believe otherwise. Still, the reverse could be the case. A man might want to be proven the father of a child but paternity testing could crush his dreams.

Science can be a blessing or a curse depending upon one's circumstances. What's certain is that DNA testing can't be refuted and the umpire's decision, ladies and gentleman, is final!

Who uses paternity testing?

There are myriad reasons why someone would go to the financial and emotional expense of running DNA testing. Sometimes, tragic circumstances in a person's life warrant it, such as when a woman is raped. She may have been trying to fall pregnant to her partner when she was attacked, and now requires to know if the resultant child was conceived of love or violence. Paternity testing will also offer 99.9% proof as to whether the alleged attacker was guilty of the crime, meaning a truly bittersweet outcome.

In cases of inheritance, where a person believes he or she is the rightful heir to assets outlined in a will, posthumous paternity testing comes into play. This is where genetic samples such as blood or hair from the alleged father is gathered and tests are carried out in order to reveal conclusive answers, thereby allowing the court to determine if the will can be contested.

Perhaps the most common use for paternity testing is when a woman becomes pregnant after engaging in sexual relations with more than one partner. Either due to an affair, promiscuity or the fact that one relationship ended and another began in short succession, doubts may arise as to whom in fact, may be the father. Often such circumstances give rise to anguish and heartbreak since the issue of child support is contentious. Naturally the mother would like to find out who she should turn to for financial assistance for the wellbeing of the child. Once the results are released, the biological father has a legal obligation to the child, regardless of his relationship with the mother.

Conversely, a mother can demand paternity testing to exclude the supposed father from obtaining custody of children in the event of a divorce. Since the mother is more likely to know the truth behind the children's conception, and could have kept the real father's identity a closely guarded secret since they were conceived, it will no doubt come as a shock to her estranged husband to be confronted with a request to provide a DNA sample.

Most family law courts across the U.S. will permit the use of paternity testing to bring about a resolution in a custody case. The testing will need to have been carried out in an accredited lab and the results will need to be at least 99.9% accurate, which basically eliminates any margin for error.

Not all paternity testing carried out in laboratories

Home testing has become more prevalent in recent years, and it's often called peace-of-mind testing, since the results are rarely admissible in court. Sometimes determining fatherhood is a matter between a man and a woman, to prove the point to themselves and each other. Doing this in the privacy of the home is a quick and simple way of finding the answers without a great deal of inconvenience. A swab is taken of the inside of the man's cheek and the sample is taken into the lab where confidential testing is carried out. These services are fairly inexpensive and are becoming quite run-of-the-mill.

The fact that paternity testing is a growth industry in our society speaks volumes. Not just about developments in modern technology, but about the way in which we live our lives.


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