Why Is a DNA Paternity Test Important?

If you are entering parenthood for the first time, or already have the minivan in tow, this is an exciting time! If anxieties about the biological father are weighing you down, there are options. Science has come a long way and today’s technology can now deduce the paternal father with just a non-invasive cheek swab from an in-home DNA test kit.

Some states require parents to take a paternity test if they are an unwed couple in order for the biological father to be listed on the birth certificate. Establishing paternity is important, especially down the road, as the relationship can help determine things like child support, inherited health issues, social security, custody and more. Keeping a strong father-child bond is also extremely important for all parties involved.

Most states require an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form to be filled out at the hospital to determine the legal father. If there is concern over the true paternity of the child, the father can refuse to sign the AOP in the hospital, or a DNA test may be taken for a limited time after the AOP is signed. Each state has different deadlines. If the child is not biologically related to the father, they may become the legal father through adoption or other ways.

Some home paternity test kits may serve as a legal paternity test, if proper steps are followed. There are detailed instructions in the MyDNATest home kit, which include how to contact a DDC case specialist to collect your DNA if the results are to be used in court.

There is no need to live with the anxiety anymore; in-home DNA test kits are safer and more accurate than past testing methods. You can pick up DNA Diagnostic Center’s In-Home paternity test kit at one of thousands of locations using the Store Locator on MyDNATest.com.