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What is Genetic Paternity Testing?


Genetic testing involves an analysis of a person’s DNA and can be conducted for a number of different reasons, including testing for genetic medical conditions. One of the most common uses of genetic testing, however, is to establish paternity of a child. In Florida, there are a few different ways that parents can voluntarily acknowledge paternity of a child without having to go through the genetic testing process. If, however, one of the parents is resistant to such an acknowledgment, then the child and his or her parents may need to provide DNA samples to help identify the child’s biological father.

How is Genetic Testing Done 

Genetic testing is quick, simple, and extremely reliable. It begins with the collection of samples of DNA from the child, the mother, and the alleged father. The samples are collected by rubbing a cotton swab on the insides of the mouth and then sending that sample, important paperwork, and photographs of the parties to the lab in a sealed envelope for an official test. The lab will then compare the DNA in the swabs to determine the child’s paternity. In most cases, DNA test results are received within around two weeks of the sample collection and must be sent through the mail.

What the Results Mean 

The results of a genetic paternity test will show whether the man tested is a child’s biological father. In the event that the tests reveal that a man is a child’s father, then the parent seeking paternity can move forward with:

  • Requesting a final order of paternity; and
  • Updating the child’s birth certificate with the father’s name.

Establishing paternity has important repercussions, as it means that the child’s mother can seek child support from the other parent. Knowing the identity of the father can also help diagnose any family medical conditions that the child should be aware of, can allow the child to establish a relationship with the father and other relatives, and can even allow the child to become eligible for certain benefits. If, however, the results of the test reveal that a man is not a child’s father, then he won’t be financially or legally obligated to provide for the child in any way. With so much at stake, it is important for those who have questions about genetic testing and establishing paternity to work with an attorney who is well-versed in the process.

Do You Need Help Establishing Paternity of Your Child? 

Genetic testing is a surefire way to determine whether a man is a child’s father. To learn more about the process of requesting a DNA test, or about the benefits of establishing paternity, feel free to reach out to the experienced and compassionate Clearwater paternity attorneys at Cairns Law today. We are happy to meet with you in the evenings or on the weekends if you are unable to schedule an appointment during the weekdays. Call us at 727-683-1472 so a member of our legal team can get started on your case right away.




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