A Guy’s Perspective on Paternity
Paternity is not an easy issue. However, it is an issue that many people are struggling with in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy. If YOU are like most guys, you need some serious answers when paternity is in question.
- HOW EXACTLY DO THEY TEST FOR PATERNITY?
Testing can be done after the baby is born through blood or cheek swabs. Paternity testing can also be done before the baby is born through pre-natal DNA testing. Pre natal testing is done through amniocentesis or CVS.
- HOW SOON CAN WE START THE TESTING PROCESS?
DNA testing can be done as early as the second trimester of pregnancy, starting between the 12-18th week.
- ARE TEST RESULTS KEPT COMPLETLEY CONFIDENTIAL?
It is a rule of most DNA laboratories to keep your results completely confidential. Speak with each laboratory individually on their policies concerning confidentiality.
- WHAT RISK DOES DNA TESTING POSE TO THE MOTHER AND THE DEVELOPING BABY?
Testing conducted after a baby’s birth involves no known risks. . Pre-natal DNA testing done in conjunction with other pre-natal testing involves some risk associated with how the testing is conducted, whether amniocentesis or CVS. These tests are often discouraged for the sole reason of seeking paternity.
- AM I OBLIGATED TO PAY FOR DNA TESTING?
This would vary depending on the reasons why the DNA testing is being done.
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ESTABLISH PATERNITY?
Costs will vary dependent on which types of procedures are performed. . Prices can range from $450-$2500. Pre natal testing is more costly that testing done after a baby is born.
- CAN I USE THE DNA TEST RESULTS IN COURT?
As long as a credible DNA testing lab is used, all results should be admissible in court.
Last updated: 05/2008