When there is any doubt about who your child’s father is, you, as the dad, should take a paternity test. A paternity test will clear up any confusion or false claims regarding who the biological father truly is. While paternity tests are often used by mothers to hold fathers accountable for child support, fathers can use them too to ensure their own parenting rights.
What Is a Paternity Test?
A paternity test is just another name for a DNA test, which compares the DNA of the potential father to that of the child or infant. Nearly 300,000 paternity tests are performed in the U.S. annually, according to studies. Paternity testing can be done when the child is still a fetus, though this is less common and may involve unnecessary risks. Paternity testing is virtually 100 percent accurate, though it does not need to be done if the mother is married to the father at the time of the birth — in this case, it is generally assumed that the husband is the father unless stated otherwise. The following scenarios are examples of when a father might want to have a paternity test performed:
- If a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner believes he is not the father and does not want to be wrongly held responsible for child support
- If a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner believes that he is not the father and wants to know for his own peace of mind
- If a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner believes that he is the father but the mother denies this fact
Child Custody and Visitation Depend on Paternity
Whether you are seeking child custody or visitation, you must be able to prove that you are the child’s biological father. A paternity test can quickly accomplish this and put any doubts to bed. After your paternity has been proven, you can then petition the court for custody, visitation rights, and to be included in the parenting plan....