How Do DNA Paternity Tests Work?

How Do DNA Paternity Tests Work?

If women are married at the time of their child’s birth, her husband is the legal father of the child. Many women, however, are unmarried at the time of her child’s birth. In this case, the mother, the father, or both parents may want to establish paternity so they can pursue their legal rights with regard to the child through the Florida courts.

One way to establish paternity is with a paternity test. Get the facts on how paternity tests work and how they can help establish legal paternity.

Why Establish Paternity?

When paternity is established, each parent may petition for child custody and child support. Additionally, paternity can establish visitation rights, health insurance coverage, uncovered medical expenses, and determines who may make decisions regarding the child’s education and medical care.

How to Establish Paternity

There are several ways to establish paternity in Florida, including the following:

  • Marriage. The husband is considered the legal father when parents are married at the time of the child’s birth.
  • Legitimation. The father and mother are married after the birth of the child and update the birth record.
  • Establishing paternity through a court order. A judge can order paternity in court in some instances.
  • Acknowledgement of paternity. An unmarried couple can declare paternity by signing a document after the child’s birth.
  • Administrative order based on genetic testing. Paternity is ordered if a DNA test determines the father of the child.

The last method listed above may be facilitated by means of a paternity test. Paternity testing determines whether or not a particular man is the biological father of a particular child. The test involves collecting and examining the DNA of a small sample of bodily fluid or tissue from the child and the potential father.

By analyzing the DNA from the child and the potential father, a paternity test can confirm or disprove if the man is the biological father of the child.

Paternity testing is generally considered to be the most accurate testing method available for this purpose. It can show that a man is likely to be a child’s father with 99.9% accuracy, or that he is excluded as being the father with 100% accuracy.

If you wish to establish paternity in Florida, our Jacksonville paternity lawyers are here to help. We have helped thousands of mothers and fathers in the state establish paternity and we’re here to assist you too.

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. at (904) 770-3141 to learn how we can help you.


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