#1: Access Your Paternity RightsA 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
#2: Paternity Testing Helps Compile your Family Medical HistoryGenetics 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).
#3: Paternity Testing Establishes a Sense of IdentitySometimes 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 PaternityYou 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.
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