On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
When a man or mother has doubts or suspicions that a man is the father of a child, bitter custody battles often ensue. To determine the truth, paternity tests are ordered. These tests take a close look at the biological makeup, or DNA, of both the child and the other individual. DNA is totally unique and cannot be replicated. The likelihood of paternity that is generated from the comparison is extremely accurate.
People order DNA paternity testing for a multitude of reasons. They are used in divorce cases, to establish a child support order or to put a name on a birth certificate. They are also performed to prove that someone is not the father of a child. Some men also use DNA paternity testing to show that they are the father in order to receive visitation or joint custody.
Testing for DNA is quite simple on the client’s end. The most common type of test is a small swab that is used inside your mouth to collect a sample. In some cases, blood samples are collected. You do not necessarily need a court order to complete a paternity test. They can be purchased through any laboratory company that performs the service. Having one completed will determine the truth, but you will still need to go through the court to have any legal matters changed.
DNA paternity testing is a huge tool when it comes to father’s rights in Missouri. Without this testing, it would be nearly impossible to determine, with certainty, who the actual father of a child was. If you would like more information, speaking to an experienced attorney might be beneficial.