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Paternity testing is used to identify the legal father of a child. Oftentimes, paternity testing is necessary to determine who will be held legally responsible for a child, especially with regard to matters including (but not limited to) custody, child support, and visitation. If paternity is in question during a divorce, the court will often require the husband or the alleged father to undergo paternity testing. If you are involved in a divorce or family law case that requires paternity testing, you may wish to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.
Different Types of Paternity Testing
With recent medical and scientific developments, paternity testing is now more accurate than ever. Some paternity testing can determine the identity of the father with 90 percent accuracy or greater. Moreover, paternity can also be ruled out, usually with 100 percent accuracy, through paternity testing.
There are a couple of different types of paternity testing:
Paternity testing is a relatively common procedure, which can be performed at a number of public and private medical facilities nationwide. Cost varies depending on the type of paternity testing (blood or DNA) and the location of the test (public or private facility). If paternity testing is court mandated, there may be specific requirements with regard to the type and location of the test.
Paternity Testing and the Law
Once paternity testing has positively established paternity, the father gains certain legal rights, including the right to seek custody or visitation. On the other hand, the father also has certain legal obligations, including the obligation to pay child support .
The results of paternity testing can be life altering. If you have questions or concerns about the paternity of a child, it is important to understand the legal ramifications of paternity testing. A qualified divorce and family law attorney can help you understand the law and your legal rights.
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