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Proving paternity through DNA

As a father, it can be extremely disturbing and upsetting if the mother is not acknowledging you as the father or if she is not allowing you to see your child. However, it is important to remember that the law is on your side. If you strongly believe that you are the father of the child in question, you have the right to request a DNA test so that it can be scientifically proven or disproven, and so that you can be the legally recognized father.

DNA testing is simpler than many think, and it is also remarkably accurate. It can help many people gain peace of mind and also can help them legally establish a custody agreement between mother and father.

How are DNA tests performed?

DNA tests can be performed in several ways, and they do not need to be invasive. Traditionally DNA tests were done through blood samples, but recent technology means that it is now possible for them to be done in a much less invasive manner. They can be conducted by doing a very simple cheek swab or collecting saliva. Through the collection of saliva from the child and the alleged father, the paternity of the child can be confirmed.

What happens if I am confirmed to be the child's father?

If the DNA test proves that you are the father, you will have a right to be on the child's birth certificate, and you will have parental responsibilities. A judge will be able to determine whether it is in the child's best interests for you to have visitation rights or another form of custody.

Source: Identigene, "How Does a DNA Paternity Test Work, Exactly?," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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