When a child is going to be born, the only thing that can truly be assumed is that the mother is the person carrying the child. For fathers, there is a need to assert paternity, so that they can obtain the rights that come with fatherhood.
Paternity can be proven through the use of DNA, but many people take responsibility of their children through voluntarily acknowledgment that the child is theirs. If there is no question about who the father is, then that voluntary acknowledgment is fine. If there is a question of who the father is, then DNA is the best proof of paternity there can be.
Why choose DNA testing to prove paternity?
DNA testing is around 99% accurate. There are very few cases in which it would be wrong, unless it's been tampered with or one of the parties involved is a twin or has siblings with similar DNA. Sometimes, DNA can have similar markers to other family members as well, but on the whole, it will distinguish who the biological father of a child is without question.
DNA testing is a good option because it's accurate and easy. Once a child is born, it's easy enough to take a small swab to gather saliva or tissue from the child. That sample is then tested against the potential father's DNA, showing whether the DNA matches enough for a biological match.
What should you do if the mother doesn't want to allow for DNA testing?
There are times when a mother might not want to allow DNA testing, but with a simple court order, you can essentially force her to comply with the request. If you want to make a claim that a child is yours, then you can petition the court for an order that forces your ex-girlfriend, spouse or other party to submit to the DNA test.
Once a DNA test is returned, the results are proof of paternity or a lack of paternity. This proof can then be used to relieve you of the responsibilities of taking care of a child who is not yours or will give you the legal rights that come with being a biological parent.
If you have questions about DNA testing or want to know more about how to prove paternity, your attorney can give you more information. Using DNA is one of the best ways to prove your case.