Acknowledgement Of Paternity

Getting Tested

By: - Parenting - September 29, 2011
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To begin with, an understanding of just what paternity is should be established as the state in which a man is the father to a child.  Through his genetic contribution in the creation of the child, DNA is found to have his genetic makeup.  In some cases, the acknowledgment of paternity isn’t quite so easy and this precipitates the need for prenatal paternity testing.

This really boils down to a matter of legalities and the status of the couple involved with the child.  When a couple is in the state of marriage and a child is born, it is legally understood and established that the child is said therefore to be the father’s child.  However, alternatively, not all states will offer up an acknowledgement of paternity to those fathers whose children were born out of wedlock.  To address the issue of acknowledgement of paternity, prenatal paternity testing is undertaken to establish just who the father is so that legal and medical facts are parallel.  In order to do just that, a father in a non marital relationship has to institute legal undertakings to make this established fact clear.

A good idea is to have prenatal paternity testing prior to the birth of the child to establish paternity over the child.  Similar to the usual standard tests for paternity, the profile of the child’s DNA is compared to that of the mother and the father’s profile.  Notice that the mother’s DNA is compared to that of the child as well; which is the difference between the standard paternity test and the prenatal paternity testing. The tests are conducted through the procedure known as Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS), or Amniocentesis.  In the first situation, CVS, a DNA of small placenta proportions is obtained in the time frame between ten weeks and thirteen weeks.  In the second order, amniotic fluid is obtained from the sac in which the foetus is contained.

As both the CVS and Amniocentesis are known as invasive procedures, the risk of both infection and possible miscarriage is prevalent and aren’t advised in situations of prenatal paternity testing or that of an acknowledgement of paternity but rather owing to the health interests of both mother and child should the need be required.

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