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Once You Receive Your Paternity Test Results What to Do After Receiving Paternity Test Results

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.

Test companies vary in the number of chromosomes they compare in order to obtain the paternity test results. Some use as few as five, other places use fifteen or more sets in order to get the paternity test results. The more sets of chromosomes used, the more accurate the testing is. DNA testing can be up to 99.99999% accurate. In spite of this, the paternity test results may still be contested, especially if the mother did not submit to a DNA test, or if the company that did the testing only compared a few sets of chromosomes.

If the paternity test results came back negative, you are not obligated to support the child unless the mother contests that you should be liable. Usually these matters are handled in court. If the paternity test results are negative and you wish to adopt the child, you must sign an “acknowledgment of paternity.”

If the paternity test results came back positive you usually have sixty days to contest the results. Because of the high accuracy of DNA testing, the burden of proving the child is not yours is very heavy. As stated above, paternity test results can be up to 99.99999% accurate. If you feel a mistake has been made you may want to be retested and seek the advice of a lawyer.

If you do not wish to contest the results, you may be obligated to pay child support. Every State has different laws pertaining to child support, and you will be subject to the laws in the State where the child resides. You should familiarize yourself with those specific laws. These are easily found online, be sure to use official sites as a reference, these will generally end in dot gov. Parents are required to support their children until the age of eighteen, or nineteen if the child is still in high school. Usually child support is paid monthly, and the amount is determined by a court. The mother has the right to contest the amount paid anytime.

After receiving your paternity test results, make sure you know the facts about the tests, and educate yourself on the laws in the State where the child resides.