Are You the Father?
Truth be told, there are certainly some paternity and custody cases where the person who is thought to be the father may not be the father. There are also cases out there where a man has raised a kid to be his own later to find out that the child is not his biological child.
Because of situations like this, it causes some fathers to seek a paternity test in court just to be sure they are the father. The birth of the child generally adds up to a time-period where sexual relations were taking place. But just to ease any concerns or doubts, no matter small they may be… they seek to request a formal paternity case in court. From a legal perspective, there is nothing wrong with this, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stir up emotions during the case.
As an example, the mother in many of these situations can become extremely offended or insulted that a paternity test was even requested in the first place. After all, if they were faithful, they might not like the accusation of you cheating. This can cause hard feelings that oftentimes make a child custody case more controversial, more expensive and less likely to settle cordially.
This doesn’t mean that a paternity test shouldn’t be done when there is a real accusation about who is the father. If there is doubt regarding the real paternity of a child, it’s extremely important to acknowledge it and understand how a paternity case works; then if needed it’s vital to find strong representation for a paternity case.
But putting situations like this aside, if a man formally requests a paternity test in court in a situation where they realistically believe they are the father, and the paternity test simply confirms what they already knew, some practical problems can come into play.
Getting the Court Involved
Beyond the emotions it could bring to attention for the birth mother, it is also at risk that the family court might conclude that the father is hoping he is not the father of the child so as to avoid having to father or support the child. While that may or may not be fair, and may not always be the case, one cannot ignore the possibility that a family court could look at it this way.
Whereas there are now companies touting home paternity tests, if you want one that is admissible in court, you generally need to file a motion in court to have one done through a company that is reputable in your jurisdiction and would have the ability to testify in court if need be. It’s important to do your research and find the necessary amount of information on DNA Paternity testing because not being prepared is the worst possible outcome of all.
Paternity Attorneys in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and Beyond
If you are an unmarried father concerned about paternity of a child, Stange Law Firm, PC has attorneys who can help. You can call us at 1-855-805-0595 or contact us online.