Whether you want to prove or disprove paternity, the clearest and most accurate method is DNA testing. In fact, DNA testing is 99.99 percent accurate and can help determine whether or not an individual is a child’s parent and therefore responsible for him or her financially. These tests can be administered at home and potential fathers can get the results in less than a week in most cases.
If you are fighting to establish paternity, a DNA test can often times be just the first step and you will need a qualified and professional divorce attorney to help you the rest of the way. Contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at 919-833-1040 today to discuss your legal options.
DNA Test Results
A DNA test is administered by getting a DNA sample from both the child and the potential father. Some common DNA samples come from hair, blood, or saliva. Then the samples will be analyzed in a lab to compare the two strands of DNA side by side. The test will show one of two options:
- Exclusive ruling stating the man is not the father of the child
- Inclusive ruling, meaning there is a 99 percent chance the man is the father
If your result is exclusive, you can then begin to fight for paternity or custody of the child.
Determining child custody is an important first step but it is certainly not the last. You need a qualified attorney to fight for you. Contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at 919-833-1040 for a confidential consultation.