Having and raising a child is no easy task, especially if you are a single parent, and it can be even more challenging when you are unsure of who the child’s father is. A simple solution to this problem is paternity tests, of which there are many different options to choose from.
Depending on the chosen test, the test can be administered at certain points during the pregnancy or after the child has been born. Paternity tests are used not only to reassure the mother of who the father of her child is, but also to reassure the father that he is the biological father of the child. The people involved, though, may also need reassurance about the test itself, as well as what it proves.
Common questions about paternity testing ‘have been answered by the American Pregnancy Association below:
How much will establishing paternity cost, including the test and any additional expenses?
This depends very much on what type of test is taken. Tests that are administered before the birth of the child are often more expensive because of the additional hospital and doctor fees. The price can range anywhere from $400 to $2,000.
Where can I get more information and locations at which paternity testing is available?
There are DNA and paternity tests available at locations all over the country, but you should shop around before making a decision. Consider your comfort level with the location and doctor, along with price and fees for the testing. Also be sure to choose a location that is accredited by the AABB.
Do DNA results hold up in legal court?
This depends on the type of test as well. Many locations have less-expensive tests that can be taken to please your curiosity, but they are not valid on a court of law. Usually these facilities, along with others, though, have other more expensive tests that are valid in court that you can take. It is suggested to spend the extra money on a court-approved test in case you need the results for the future.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your child’s father or paternity testing, contact Van A. Larson, P.C. Attorney and Counselor at Law to help ease your mind. Attorneys at his office will help you through your paternity testing and other family law matters today.