- Identifying a child’s father gives the child access to legal rights and privileges, including health and life insurance benefits
- Confirming a child’s paternity gives the child access to valuable medical history and other genealogical information.
- Giving a child the chance to form emotional ties with the biological father (and his family) contributes to his sense of identity.
- Some states require the child of an unmarried mother to assume the mother’s last name. A paternity test may be needed if the mother chooses to give the (possible) father’s last name to her child.
A DNA paternity test is considered the gold standard by both the scientific and legal communities when it comes to accurately establishing a relationship between a possible father and a child. Legal paternity tests are accepted by the United States court system from...