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How DNA Leads to Proof of Paternity How to Prove the Paternity Father

How to Prove the Paternity Father

The paternity father or the biological father of a child can be proven in several different ways. If a child is born to a couple who is married then the paternity father is presumed to be the husband. If the couple is not married at the time the child is born questions may arise as to who the paternity father really is. Therefore, when this question comes about a paternity action should be filed so proof of the paternity father can be established for the sake of the child.


There are three other ways besides the parents of the child being married and presumptions being made that the husband is automatically the paternity father.

  1. The alleged father admits he is the father of the said child.
  2. The alleged father refuses to participate and the courts make a ruling by default.
  3. DNA is provided by all parties involved to determine who the paternity father is.
Presumption, admittance and by default are all very inconclusive ways when it comes to DNA testing. DNA is very unique for each individual and will never change and can never be tampered with. Therefore, the DNA testing done to prove the paternity father is 99.6% accurate, which makes it the best way of proving who the paternity father really is.

Samples of DNA can be taken to determine the paternity father in three different ways.

  1. Blood
  2. Semen
  3. Cheek Swab
The genetic strands of DNA are compared that are taken from the alleged father and child to determine if the alleged father is the actual biological father to the said child. Once the results come back on the DNA test the judge will hand down his or her ruling on the paternity father.

After this occurs other issues may be determined such as custody, visitation, who can make decisions about the said child and which parent will pay child support.

With the new and innovative discoveries of science today, determining the paternity father is made easier. DNA testing can accurately show who the father really is in cases where the father is unknown or if there is more than one alleged father. Identification of the paternity father determined with DNA testing is almost proof positive.

Courts will look at DNA paternity test results only if a professional in which the courts have ordered to oversee and administer the test is used. If a DNA test is taken at an outside lab that the courts do not authorize then the DNA test to prove the paternity of the alleged father will be admissible in the court proceedings. Therefore, home DNA tests will never be looked at when it comes to a paternity action filed within the court system.