Can You be Legally Obligated to Take a Paternity Test?

Everyday, judges around the US order men to take DNA tests in order to prove their paternity. The government has strict rules against those trying to evade child support, so whether by choice or by force, men have to give up their DNA to establish who is the father.

If the mother suggests that one or more individuals could be biologically related to her child, she may be able to have a judge bring the parties in question to court and order a DNA test. Family members or close friends can also provide information which allows the judge to bring in those that may be involved in relationships leading to paternity testing.

If someone does not show up and participate in the test, it could mean that the potential father is violating the court order and may be held in contempt of court. The repercussions of this behavior could vary, from fines to criminal charges. The judge also has the power to default the parenthood to that individual, even if they have not taken a test.

Providing a DNA sample to prove biological fatherhood is also a regular part of childbirth for unmarried couples across the country. Depending on which state you live in, the laws may require a paternity test before signing the Acknowledgement of Paternity form, even if there is no suspicion of infidelity!

Even if your test is not needed for legal reasons, many couples decide to take DNA tests to strengthen the bond between father and child, and get general peace of mind that the child is theirs.

For more information about legal DNA paternity testing, visit the page or give us a call at 1-800-329-7519 for US residents outside of New York State and 1-800-681-7502 for NY residents.