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Questions on DNA Paternity Testing Laws

What is DNA paternity testing? Paternal testing is currently the most advanced and accurate technology to determine parentage of a child. A paternity test establishes genetic proof as to whether a man is the biological father of a child, and a maternity test establishes whether a woman is the biological mother of the child. Reverse paternity determination is the ability to establish the biological father when the father of a person or a suspected parent is not available. Read below the top five questions about DNA paternity testing that have been answered by Lawyers on JustAnswer.

Can someone get a court ordered DNA test before the child is born?

Usually the court will not force a DNA test before the child is born. However, once the child is born you could get a DNA test done.

Is it medically possible for someone get a paternity DNA test before the baby is born?

Yes, with the medical field being so advanced now, the mother can get a paternity test while the baby is still in the womb. However, it may be medical issue that may prevent the DNA test from being performed depending on how many weeks pregnant the mother is and what complications the doctors foresee the paternity test may result in.

Is pre-natal paternity testing safe?

This kind of test is only done if the doctor thinks the mother is at risk for genetic or chromosomal problems and is normally preformed between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy because the test can carry a small risk of a miscarriage.

What are the statute of limitation on DNA paternity testing?

If the child is no longer a minor, the court will probably not order the paternity test. However, there are no statutes of limitations concerning paternity testing.

What is the cost of a paternity test?

When someone files for a paternity test the clinic in which they went to will tell them when, where and who will have to pay for the test. Any questions should be asked at the clinic in which they are getting the paternity test done. The cost of paternity testing can vary from clinic to clinic and there is no fixed cost of getting a paternity test done across the country.

The DNA parental test follows strict testing policies and procedures to generate legally admissible results that are used for child support, inheritance, social welfare benefits, immigration, or adoption purposes. To satisfy the chain-of-custody legal requirements, all tested parties have to be properly identified and their specimens collected by a third-party professional who is not related to any of the tested parties and has no interest in the outcome of the test. Many times these types of tests can be worrisome if the parties are not sure what type of tests and checks will be done. For specific answers to your legal questions about DNA testing, you can ask a Family Lawyer for Expert insights and opinions.
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