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Grandparents DNA Testing - Whose Business Is It?

What you don't know (and they do) might hurt you

The next time you send your child to be babysat by your evil mother-in-law, think of this: there's nothing stopping her from taking a swab of the inside of your child's cheek, and submitting it with a swab of her own and that of the child's grandfather, to be tested for evidence of grand-parentage.

Oh yes, they can do it and they certainly do. Family conflict can be pretty down and dirty and if your moral conduct is in question, it only costs a couple hundred bucks for your in-laws to find out for themselves, the answers to their sneaking suspicions. Grandparents DNA testing is easy, cheap and can be done totally secretly, leaving parents in a very vulnerable position.

Gone are the days when a blood sample was needed, which would involve a trip to a medical clinic. A buccal cheek swab is now the preferred sample collection method, and grandparents DNA testing can be done at home with relative simplicity using a mail order kit that can then be dropped off at a lab. The results remain confidential and no one need ever know the test was carried out. The tests will either rule the grandparents out entirely or conclude with around 99.9997% accuracy that they are, in fact, related.

Why the need for grandparents DNA testing?
There are several reasons, some honourable, some purely out of curiosity and mischief. The labs don't care about the reasons; they merely carry out their orders, process the samples, accept payment and hand over the results.

In cases where the alleged father has passed away, and the child, age irrespective, wishes to make a claim against a grandfather's will, for instance, grandparents DNA testing can be ordered to verify that the child has a legal and reasonable right to an inheritance. Once the genetic relationship has been established, the courts are required to consider the child's eligibility for inclusion as a beneficiary. Or, paternal grandparents may insist upon grandparents DNA testing as one of the conditions upon which an estranged daughter-in-law's child can claim against a will. This is particularly common when their own son may have been denied custody in a marital break-up.

Medical reasons
In the event that a child requires organ or tissue donation for health reasons, grandparents DNA testing can be performed to determine compatibility. Or, an adopted child may have located his or her natural grandparents and wish to prove the bloodline in order to build a medical profile.

Social reasons
If the mother's morality is in question, she can choose to prove herself by ordering grandparents DNA testing, or as mentioned above, the grandparents themselves can arrange for the tests. A man's parents may believe there are issues surrounding the paternity of his child if the couple separates. Looking after his best interests, they may insist upon learning the truth in order to spare their son the financial responsibility of child support payments if the child proves not to be his. No longer does a family have to rely on physical characteristics or the mother's pleading testimonials. Biological proof is available by way of scientific resources, and many families will go to such lengths to avoid unfairness.

Any mother, who may have something to hide regarding the paternity of her child/ren, should hope that the alleged father's parents are not aware of grandparents DNA testing or all her plans may unravel before her eyes.

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