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What methods of DNA testing for paternity are available?

| May 11, 2017 | Fathers' Rights

There are many reasons men in Indianapolis wish to find out whether or not they are the father of a child. In order to do so, you will need to undergo some form of DNA testing in order to ascertain whether you are a child’s biological parent. Here is what you need to know about the different types of tests that are available.

According to Fox News, as the potential father, you will need to submit your DNA for comparison, either through a blood test or by a buccal (cheek) swab. Your sample will then be compared to one from the baby. If you are not the father, the test will show that there is a 0 percent chance you are related. On the other hand, a result of 99.99 percent probability means that you are the father of the child. No DNA test currently available can offer 100 percent accurate results.

DNA testing can be done even before the baby is born. A test for the baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood stream after seven weeks gestation is the only non-invasive method available. Prenatal testing can also be done either through amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling; however, since both of those methods involve the insertion of a needle into the mother, they are considered invasive and carry a small risk of miscarriage.

If the child has already been born, a sample can be collected at birth or any time thereafter. It can be collected through either a blood draw or a cheek swab. If the testing is being done in anticipation of litigation to either assert or argue against parental responsibility, samples should be collected and tested in a way that will be admissible in court. This information is general in nature and is not intended to constitute legal advice.