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How reliable is a paternity test?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2022 | Firm News |

Your relationship with your ex is (to say the least) difficult. Among other things, you’ve discovered that they were having affairs throughout your relationship. While they claim that the baby they just had is yours, you aren’t so sure.

Naturally, you want clarity. You want the satisfaction of having the truth come out, but you’re also largely concerned about the child’s right to support, benefits and inheritance rights. If the child is yours, you want to be present in their life.

Is a paternity test really that accurate, or does it still leave room for doubt?

Florida accepts DNA testing as proof of paternity

Under Florida law, there are basically two outcomes for a paternity test: The test will either show a 0% chance that the child and potential father are related or it will show that there is a 99% or higher chance of a biological relationship.

In general, that’s in line with the accepted scientific results. Most DNA testing is considered to be nearly 100% accurate, especially with modern advancements. Once you go through proper testing, the court will accept that as proof of paternity. At that point:

  • Your name can be added to the child’s birth certificate.
  • You can obtain visitation or custody rights, if appropriate.
  • You can be issued an order for child support, when applicable.
  • The child will have a right to benefits through your Social Security record.
  • The child will have inheritance rights, should you pass away.

If you’re struggling with a paternity issue, don’t let yourself be intimidated by the science involved. Experienced legal guidance can help.