Introduction to Paternity Testing
A paternity test is a DNA test used to determine whether a man is the biological father of a child. Paternity tests can be performed on newborns, children, or adults.
There are two types of paternity tests: legal and private. Legal paternity tests are typically ordered by a court or government agency, such as Child Support Services. Private paternity tests are usually requested by the mother or father of the child. Paternity tests are performed using a swab of the inside of the cheek (buccal swab) or a sample of blood. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
The results of a paternity test are typically available within 2-3 weeks. A positive result means that the man is the biological father of the child. A negative result means that the man is not the biological father of the child. Paternity tests are more than 99% accurate when performed using DNA from a buccal swab. Paternity tests are less accurate when performed using DNA from a blood sample. A paternity test can be used to establish child custody and child support arrangements. Paternity tests can also be used to resolve questions about family history or identity.
Child paternity testing can be a stressful experience for families. The results of the test can have a profound impact on family dynamics. It is important to be prepared for the possible outcomes of the test before taking it. Counseling may be recommended for families who are considering paternity testing.
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