- August 3, 2015
- Posted by: James White
- Category: Blog
Whether it’s the mother of your child who’s trying to discredit your claim to fatherhood or you’re the one who’s trying to prove the infidelity of a woman claiming to have given birth to your child, it’s important to protect your legal rights. One of the best and most conclusive ways to do this is to submit to a DNA paternity test, but you need to ensure that you get one done properly in order for it to be legally binding.
When it comes to science, there’s nothing different from a DNA test for paternity that’s admissible by the courts and one that is not. Both versions of a paternity test involve samples being taken from you and the child that may or may not be yours; both versions use the same testing procedures to compare markers in the child’s genetic makeup to yours. However, in order for a DNA paternity test to be legally binding, the collection and analysis of all samples need to be done in such a way that the co-called “chain of custody” isn’t broken. This is because the results of a DNA test can be used as evidence in a court of law – and like any other type of evidence, it needs to be verified as free of any tampering.
In order to ensure that your DNA test sample is admissible in court, it needs to be taken by or at least be witnessed by a neutral third party with the knowledge and skills to testify that the sample was taken correctly and that it was then dealt with properly afterwards. Your role is over as soon as you walk out the door of the lab facility where you gave your sample.In comparison, the individual responsible for your sample needs to be able to account for its whereabouts every step of the way through the process up until the results of the test come across the bench of the judge. It’s only then that you will be able to prove your claims that the child is indeed yours – or that the mother of the child is not telling the truth by claiming that you’re the father.