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Once You Receive Your Paternity Test Results
Once You Receive Your Paternity Test Results

Paternity Legal Issues and Rights

When a child is born, not only is a baby brought into the world, but new rights are afforded to the child and his parents. To establish the paternity rights of a father, one of two methods must be used: signing of a consent form or showing parentage through a DNA paternity test.

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Laws and Paternity

Any mother seeking to know the father of her child will have to understand that not only does a genetic match to a child make him a father, but it also has legal ramifications. These paternity laws vary by state, but they all share some common threads such as the fact that the biological father of a child does have a financial obligation to fulfill to his offspring.
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What Paternity Means in the Law

Being a parent does not just mean attending the child, it also has legal ramifications. In matters of paternity law, the exact laws differ by state. Learning the specific laws to the state in which the mother and child are living will assist the potential father in knowing his rights. Sometimes, a state might order a paternity test, or the father could opt to take one on his own. In either case, when a paternity test returns a positive match for a father, that man has legal obligations which must be fulfilled, no matter where he and his child live.

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After Receiving your Paternity Results - A Course of Action

If the paternity results are negative, then the subject of the paternity test usually is not obligated to support the child. This may be contested by the mother. If you were married at the time, it was likely assumed that you were the father, and you had to go through the procedure to obtain the paternity results yourself. In this case, a court will likely dictate that you are not the father, and are under no further financial obligation to mother or child. This is generally taken care of during divorce procedures. If the paternity results are negative, and you wish to adopt the child, you must sign an “acknowledgment of paternity.”
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What to Do After Receiving Paternity Test Results

Paternity test results can be a source of a lot of stress, especially if the child was not planned. Paternity test results are derived from a sample of both the mother’s, and the potential father’s DNA compared with the child’s. Every person has two sets of 23 chromosomes, half from the mother, and half from the father. Because the mother’s chromosomes must first be eliminated, she is generally required to get her DNA tested as well.

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