- 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.
DNA testing refers to examining an individual’s DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the unique genetic code that makes up every living organism. People utilize DNA testing for a variety of reasons, including: