Establishing paternity benefits an entire family

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Paternity

When a child’s father is unknown, it’s important for paternity tests to be used to establish paternity. Knowing who the biological father of a child is helps establish a responsibility to care for the child as well as to providing financial support for their care.

Did you know that an unmarried biological father doesn’t have legal rights to his child until he is able to establish paternity? While it’s easy to know, in most cases, who the mother of a child is, the biological father can be more difficult to determine. That’s why seeking a paternity test is a good idea.

Who can ask for a paternity test?

Potential fathers or mothers of children may ask for paternity testing. For example, the mother of a child may not be sure who the father is but have two candidates. Both of those men may take DNA tests to see if they match with the child. If one of them does, then he will obtain certain legal rights and responsibilities. He may be asked to pay child support. He will also obtain the right to seek custody and visitation.

A possible father who believes that he is or is not a child’s parent can also seek a DNA test. For example, if a man is in a relationship with a child’s mother but doesn’t believe that the child is his, he may ask for a DNA test to confirm the biological link. If he is not the father, then he can avoid child support obligations.

Why is proving paternity important for a child?

Children can benefit from knowing their heritage. Additionally, knowing about the father’s side’s health concerns and history can help the child and their other parent understand their risk of certain illnesses or diseases.

On top of this, a child has a right to know their parents and be supported by both. Providing evidence of paternity makes sure that the right people are held responsible for bringing a child into the world and support them as they should.

If you need a paternity test, it’s possible to petition the court for one. It’s a quick and simple test that can clear up any misunderstandings or questions about a child’s biological father.