Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Paternity is often a big issue in a divorce trial.  It deals directly to child support issues and is often used as a threat to the other party to make them give in other areas.  This is harmful to both sides of the parental relationships with the child.

Paternity testing is a major United States industry.  Thousands of paternity tests are performed each year.  It can become an asset for both parents and for the child.  The test can be performed easily and the results known in a short time.  Paternity benefits the child because it gives them support from two parents.  The child has legal documentation of who his parents are and access to family medical records.  Proof of paternity can help with medical and life insurance coverage, protection of inheritance, social security, and veterans benefits.  There is also an emotional benefit to both parents and child.

Both parents declaring the man as the legal father sign a declaration of paternity.  Both parents sign this voluntary document.  It legally shows him as the father and his name will be placed on the birth certificate.  It allows him privileges of a parent especially in regards to adoption if the birth mother decides she doesn’t want to keep her child.  Declaring paternity gives the man the opportunity to claim the child and have a say in an adoption proceedings.

The mother can also benefit from a Declaration of Paternity.  It helps her with the financial load and emotional support that single moms experience.  It also can offer her insurance coverage for the child if available, help in sharing responsibilities and information on the father’s family medical history.  A Declaration of Paternity can be dismissed if a form is filed with the Department of Social Services within 60 days from the date the original declaration was signed to rescind the Declaration of Paternity.
Paternity samples can now be done in the home and completed within a few days.  DNA samples can now be taken by using swabs of the cheek cells in the mouth.  The laboratory compares the DNA profiles of the mother, father, and child and then can discover the relationship between father, mother, and child.

DNA samples that are to be used in court needs to be properly documented and chain of custody established.  Only properly documented DNA tests can be used in court.  Home paternity tests are not admissible in court.

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