As a man who is going to become a father, something that you’re interested in is making sure that your child is yours. While you believe that the child is yours, knowing with certainty is something you have been thinking about. You’re not married, and you do want to establish a legal right to custody of your child.
While paternity can be acknowledged voluntarily, if you’re not sure that you’re the father, then a better option is to ask for a simple DNA test. A DNA test is not usually invasive, particularly if it is performed after your child’s birth. On the other hand, there are DNA tests that can be given while your child is still in the womb, but those have a greater number of risks to consider.
For most people, the DNA test taken after birth is going to be the easiest. To have that test, you can ask that the mother of the child allows a sample of the child’s saliva or blood to be tested. You will also provide a sample. Then, within a few days, you should have the answer that you’re looking for.
If the mother refuses the DNA test for any reason, you will need to petition the court for the test. When you do so, make sure you provide supporting evidence for your request. For example, if you can show that you are in a relationship or that your partner cheated on you during the relationship, then the court can order a DNA test. Your attorney will help you petition for a DNA test if it’s necessary to do so.
What should you do to make sure the test is accurate?
To make sure the DNA test is accurate, you and the other parties should be present when the samples are taken and sent out. For example, you should be there to watch the child’s swab being collected. This helps eliminate the risk of tampering with the DNA sample in any way.
After this, you just need to wait for the results. If they come back positive, then your attorney can help you establish paternity.