Paternity and DNA Testing Questions

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DNA testing is a modern technological advancement that has made significant differences in the lives of many people ─ from freeing individuals who were wrongly convicted to establishing parentage. Courts sometimes require DNA testing for establishing paternity.

What does DNA testing involve?

First, expect to fill out a lot of paperwork before the testing ever begins. The test itself is usually done by taking three swab samples of the inside of the mother’s cheek, the father’s cheek and the baby’s or child’s cheek. Then the samples are packaged and sent for analysis. Typically, you wait three to five days for results.

How accurate is DNA testing?

DNA test results are reported in terms of probability and there two test results for you to review:

  • Exclusion. Swabs from the mother’s, father’s and child’s cheeks can show a probability as high as 99.99% that the man tested fathered the child.
  • Inclusion. A result can be as accurate as 0 percent that the man tested is not the father of the child.

The reason no result is ever 100 percent is because the tested DNA is always compared with a population database and the database doesn’t contain information from every man in the world. When the result is below 99.99%, the test is not conclusive that the man was the father and generally further testing is required to arrive at a conclusive test result.

At this time, DNA testing is the most accurate way of establishing paternity. If you want to obtain child support or want to seek custody as a father, an experienced San Antonio divorce lawyer (http://www.jamiegrahamlaw.com/) can help you do that and discuss the relevance of DNA testing to your case.

San Antonio, Texas. C.E. Borman & Associates provides legal advice and representation for divorce and family law matters.

 

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