Paternity issues are usually the most contentious legal battles in Tennessee. In many cases where the child is born to unwed parents, the mother may want to establish paternity in order to obtain child support for the well-being of the minor child.
Determination of paternity may also be initiated by the child after attaining majority to determine true biological heritage. In many cases, DNA testing may be ordered by the court for financial matters relating to paternity but also to gain access to any pertinent family medical records. With the knowledge about how genetics influence overall health growing, it has been found that many debilitating or fatal or diseases have a genetic link. Family history relating to various medical conditions and diseases becomes imperative and necessary for the child and subsequent adult to have a health life.
Conducting paternity testing by means of DNA testing has gained popularity because it has proven to be more accurate than most other paternity tests. However, DNA testing does not determine good health. Most DNA laboratories only establish or deny the probability that a man is the biological father of child. These tests do not identify genetic disposition for disease. They are also not subject to the various laws that apply to most medical procedures. DNA testing laboratories can, however, obtain voluntary accreditation from most blood banks in America.
Technology has moved most DNA testing out of laboratories and clinics. Many home test kits are also available to consumers directly so parents can conduct DNA testing in the privacy of their own homes. The quality and accuracy of home test kits can be subject to accuracy claims.
Various laws in Tennessee dictate the terms of voluntary and involuntary DNA testing. A person who wants to conduct DNA testing for paternity determination should consult an attorney to understand the various legal intricacies involved in this matter.
Source: DNAPolicy.org, “DNA Paternity Testing,” Accessed on March 13, 2015