Why Paternity Testing should be done Legal the first time!
There are many reasons why someone would want or need to get Paternity Testing. There are times where you have to get one for legal purposes and other times you may just want to know for curiosity reasons. For women, getting a legally binding DNA paternity test is especially important for a couple of reasons.
First, when one starts looking into Paternity testing, they will find that they are not inexpensive, usually ranging from $350 to $600, so doing it twice does not make much sense.
Second, most of the time if a women needs a paternity test, it is because she is unsure of who the father is and often, the, would be father is not going to be excited about this news. In such cases if the NON chain of custody (legal test) test is performed and the possible father is not happy with the news, he can refuse to take another DNA paternity test so he is not legally responsible for that child, which puts full responsibility, both financial and otherwise, solely on the mother. Even if the NON-LEGAL test is performed in the same lab, using the same technology, it would still not be usable in court due to a lack of chain of custody of the samples and proper certified signed paperwork that WOULD be usable Once a possible father finds out he will become financially responsible for a child once this is proved, many more times than not, trying to get the father into a lab to take another “Legal Test”, usually becomes very difficult, often times requiring an expensive lawyer prompting a court to require one. This can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Keep in mind, its costs an average of $180,000 dollars to raise a child to the age of 18 and that’s if they are healthy with no unusual dental, medical, or educational expenses, not including college tuition.
Crucial decisions affecting the future of women and children are made in family court every day. Unfortunately, the process is long, tedious and expensive. A married woman does not usually have these problems, mainly because in almost every state in the U.S., the husband is the assumed legal father, unless otherwise specified on the birth certificate and even then, it can get a little complicated. The process is not only very difficult to get a man who does not want to be a father to take a paternity test, but the legal process is not always in favor of the mother (especially if unmarried) and can often take years to legally compel the alleged father to take a legally binding DNA paternity test, because once he does, the courts on behalf of the mother, can force him to pay child support.
In any case of questionable paternity where a mother is unsure of the father of her child, the reasons above should be enough to sway anyone to “do it right the first time”, but if for no other reason, the longer you wait to do the legal test, the longer the mother and the child’s rights are not being protected.