- 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.
So many important decisions rest on DNA results, and participants are often understandably on edge during the process. A common question in paternity testing is, “Can a paternity test be wrong?” Once a report is issued, the results are not always what participants...