What is the process of DNA testing?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@fiftyshadesofbride:  I am not sure if the laws vary by state, I would assume they do because everything else to do with children, custody and child support seems to. I would start by finding a lawyer because unless you can convince the woman to submit to a DNA test she will have to be forced by a court decision. If you can convince her it should be relatively easy to find a place and get a test done (out of his pocket, naturally).

The process itself is pretty simple. Both potential parents and the child have blood taken and the markers are compared between both parents and the child. Be aware than a positive result won’t be 100%. I think the highest is 99.99%, but for example, my oldest son’s father wanted to avoid child support, so we had to have a paternity test. The results were 99.84% and 638 to 1 combined paternity index (whatever that means). So the determination was that he could not be excluded as the father of the child.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t know the legal aspect of DNA testing, but I can explain some of the science behind it if you are interested.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

When we did it for my daughter- basically my attorney set it up at a licensed facility in the middle of us (we live about an hour apart).  I took myself and my DD in- we both had our cheeks swabbed.  Then Ex came in and was swabbed.  He was insistent on the test (lord knows why- kid looks just like him… even the lady doing the test made a joke about how he was wasting his money).  It took 2 weeks to have the results, the company notified both attorney offices and the results are 99.9% he is the father.  At that point we finished our custody agreement.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

Here in Iowa its a mouth swab taken by the potential dad, mom and baby.  It takes a couple weeks to get the results back.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@fiftyshadesofbride:  I think you should 100% know what his obligations are, financial, time, and otherwise to this child before TTC.

There are tests that are less invasive, that use cheek swabs instead of blood tests, too. You just need DNA – doesn’t matter what body cells it comes from.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@fiftyshadesofbride:  He can come back 100% excluded, just not 100% positive that he IS the father. DNA testing is really for the purposes of exclusion. If he cannot be excluded the odds are he is the father. It looks at the genetic markers of the mother, child and alleged father. By matching markers with the mother and father they establish a DNA relationship, but as the child is a whole separate person he/she will have some markers the same as the mother and some the same as the father, but cannot completely match up to either. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Does he pay child support? If yes, then it should be done in the court system. If he doesn’t pay, he can go to a private DNA company and they will swab their cheeks ( his, the daughter, and her mother). Or he can just buy one from Walgreens or CVS An mail it in. The private DNA companies are accepted by most family courts.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@fiftyshadesofbride:  You shouldn’t just wait to see what happens. You never know if the child’s mother will want to take your FI to court for child support, married or not. In most states, if his name is on the birth certificate, then he is financially responsible for the child.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@fiftyshadesofbride:  he needs to take her to court for visitation. The courts will order the paternity testing (that’s how it works here)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@fiftyshadesofbride:  

Maybe we shouldnt even bother with doing anything. We dont see her much anyways and i know my husbands ex is engaged so im sure she’ll have a happy life…..maybe everything is best as is for now.

No way. If that’s his child, he needs to be visiting her and supporting her financially.

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