A closer look at genetic testing
Through genetic testing, people are able to determine if a man is not a child's father, according to the Office of Recovery Services. Parents in Salt Lake City and across Utah can also have peace of mind through genetic tests, which are very accurate. Prior to the establishment of child support and paternity orders, those who have active child support cases through the ORS can ask for genetic tests, which are typically free.
According to Paternity Matters, the DNA of both a child and his or her parents are collected by kneading swabs in the mouth. Less frequently, DNA samples are also gathered through blood draws. Next, the DNA is sent to a laboratory for examination. Usually, it does not take longer than one month for parents to receive the results.
For parents who wish to use the results of a genetic test as evidence, taking tests through companies that have American Association of Blood Banks accreditation is critical. Although there are a number of businesses that offer DNA testing, some of the tests taken through companies which lack accreditation with the AABB are not admissible in court.
If parents are unsure whether or not a man is a child's biological father, they should find answers through genetic testing before establishing legal fatherhood. Establishing paternity carries many benefits and is vital for those who are dealing with issues related to child support. Additionally, paternity is very beneficial for children and the well-being of a child should be a top priority for all parents.