Establishing Paternity and Legal Paternity Testing|

Establishing Paternity and Legal Paternity Testing

There are many reasons why you might need a paternity test, but how do you know if you need a legal paternity test? The answer is  a simple and an obvious one. You need a legal paternity test  when you need it for legal reasons–most commonly for establishing paternity for things like child support and child custody. [Read more…]
"I got different results from a different lab. How is that possible?" |

“I got different results from a different lab. How is that possible?”

Can you relate to this scenario? You have already received your results for a DNA paternity test and, for your own personal reasons, you’ve decided to test again. This time your results were different. Perhaps the only factor that changed is where you tested your samples. You begin to question the accuracy of the lab(s) and the test itself. You sent in the same mother, child and possible father both times, and now you’re questioning the accuracy of the lab and the test. [Read more…]

Dr. Janet: Healthy Conversations About Paternity Testing

Healthy Conversations About Paternity Testing

Hi. I’m psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor. And I’m here to talk about the importance about having certainty around paternity. 1 in 5 Americans have said that they, or a close friend of family member, have questioned the paternity of a child. A paternity test will answer these questions. And, no matter what the results are, it’s important that all the adults involved make a shared pledge to keep the best interests of the child as the number one priority. Knowing the truth about paternity, and having both parents involved in a child’s life, is so important to the health and well being of that child. According to researchers, children who live without their biological father are, on average, two to three times more likely to be poor, to have emotional and behavioral problems, to struggle in school and to use drugs. These kids are also at higher risk to become victims of child abuse and to engage in criminal behavior. Knowing the truth about a parent’s health history is essential for medical reasons, too, such as identifying some diseases or disorders a child may have inherited from their mother or father. Every child deserves to grow up in an honest, loving, and nurturing environment. Determining paternity is a good first step to providing that for the child.