- 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.
Don’t know if a child is yours? DNA is the answer. In most cases, an analysis is performed using cheek-swab DNA samples from the possible father, child, and mother (her participation is optional, but recommended). So if you're wondering how to get a paternity test,...