3 Crucial Reasons to Establish Paternity RIGHT AWAY

Jan 15, 2021 | Paternity


Thanks to at-home DNA tests, establishing paternity has never been easier or more affordable. Yet, there are still people who are reluctant to take the test and find out the truth. Parents may be worried about how it will affect their personal relationships or their finances. They may just not want to deal with knowing for sure because of the potential for emotional pain. On the other hand, there are many adult children who are anxious to find out the truth about their paternity and can’t wait to test! If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to do a paternity test, here are three crucial reasons why you should bite the bullet and make the decision to finally go ahead and do it.

#1: Accessing Rights Connected to Paternity

A minor or adult child can be named as a beneficiary for specific benefits, but being entitled to receive them can often depend on proof of a legal biological relationship. This is why it’s crucial to establish legal paternity as soon as possible. What kind of benefits can be affected by proof of paternity? Here’s a sampling:

  • Life insurance
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Social Security
  • Inheritance

There have been several high-profile celebrity cases, such as Prince, when paternity was not established before death. Several potential heirs made claims that turned out to not be true, but created a lot of unnecessary stress for the families involved. In order for paternity test results to be legally binding and entitle a child to the above benefits, DNA collection must be witnessed by an approved and impartial third-party and follow a chain-of-custody process to ensure that no fraud has taken place. We never know what life has in store for us, so when there are important benefits like this on the line, why wait?


#2: Paternity Testing Helps Compile your Family Medical History

Genetics play an important role in determining whether or not a person is at a greater risk of specific diseases than the population at large, as acknowledged by the modern medical community.

“Although there are many possible causes of human disease, family history is often one of the strongest risk factors for common disease complexes such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and psychiatric illnesses” (NCBI).

Being raised by a loving stepfather or adoptive parent does not protect a child from the possible health issues they may have inherited from their biological roots. Knowing both biological parents’ family- health histories may someday help in the diagnosis and treatment of a child, so establishing that link with a paternity test can be crucial to a child’s health.

#3: Paternity Testing Establishes a Sense of Identity

Sometimes it’s not in the best interest of the child to have a relationship with their biological father and sometimes it just may not be possible. That being said, experts agree that it’s nevertheless important for children to know who they are biologically connected to. Knowing with whom they share DNA establishes a basic sense of who they are and their place in the world. Once that knowledge is in place, children can layer and enrich their lives by adding further close relationships with role models: grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, etc. At DDC, we regularly hear from customers who have been searching for their biological fathers for decades, even though they have loving relationships with their mothers, stepparents, and other important people in their lives. There is still a nagging desire to get the full picture about where they came from. So don’t wait—it’s crucial to establish paternity now if the opportunity arises.

How to Establish Paternity

You may have your own crucial reasons for wanting to establish paternity that are very different from the most common ones listed here. Whatever your unique motivation may be to test, be sure to go with a trusted, accredited lab like DDC to perform the testing. The answer to the question of paternity is just too important to leave to chance. When you order an at-home DNA paternity test kit from DDC, we’ll ship the complete kit to you. You’ll collect the DNA in the comfort of your own home with a simple cheek swab, then mail it directly to our laboratory for processing. Results are available online as quickly as 24 hours after testing begins. Or if you need to know paternity for legal reasons, order our Legal Paternity Test.

Call us at 800-929-0847: We’re here to help.

Do you have questions  about a paternity test? Share in the comments and we’ll answer.


  1. Elizabeth

    Are these DDC at-home DNA test results good enough to be used to establish paternity legally and put the baby’s father’s name on the birth certificate?? Our son is just 4 days old.

    • DDC

      Hi, Elizabeth. Results for any at-home test, including the one offered by DDC, cannot be used for legal purposes since the DNA is collected at home and the identities of test participants have not been independently verified. I suggest you contact us directly to see what your options are for legal testing: 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 am to 8 pm Eastern). The consultation is free and with no obligation.

  2. Carmelita

    Is it possible to conduct a paternity test without a swap? For example, can a hair brush, tooth brush or other sample be used?

    • DDC

      Hi, Carmelita. Those can be used, but there is an additional non-refundable fee to determine if the sample can be used for testing. Contact us directly for more information at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern).

    • Johnathan

      That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen to me. A very sly idea I would recommend asking permission first.

  3. Michael

    What’s the chance that results show excluded, however they are wrong?

    • DDC

      Hi, Michael. If you used an accredited lab like DDC, you can be sure the result is accurate for the samples provided for testing. If you did an at-home test and did not maintain chain of custody of everyone’s samples right up until the DNA envelope was dropped off for shipping to the lab, then there is a possibility that the mother could have submitted someone else’s DNA instead of the child’s in order to manipulate results. If you did a legal test with witnessed DNA collection, then you can be sure the DNA for the correct people was submitted.

  4. Jacob

    I have recently conducted 02 tests on same samples. It took 2 days to have the results of the first test but it is getting to 02 months that the second test has no results.
    Could it be due to inconsistency between the results I am being provided?

    • DDC

      Hi, Jacob. I cannot provide an answer based on the information you’ve provided. I suggest you directly contact the lab where you tested to see if they can assist.

  5. Ms. T

    I had 2 tests done by 2 didn’t potential fathers. One had 21 marks and the other had 15 how does that work?

    • DDC

      Hello, Ms. T. Different labs test different numbers of genetic markers. For example, DDC tests at least 20 markers whereas other labs may test fewer. Is that your question?


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