In the past, unmarried fathers were very much out of luck when it came to establishing paternity. Before the advent of blood testing and DNA testing, there was very little one could do to prove — beyond a shadow of a doubt — that a particular man was the father of a particular child. However, these days, the process of proving and establishing paternity has become fairly routine.
It was during the mid-20th century, that paternity testing by way of blood tests first became a reality. Through a special laboratory process, chemists could perform a blood type analysis on samples of blood to determine biological parentage with a good amount of accuracy. Eventually, in the 1970’s, paternity blood analysis became so accurate that they boasted a 95 percent rate of accuracy.
DNA testing later became the standard for paternity testing due to the high level of accuracy if offers. The likelihood that a modern paternity test is correct has an accuracy of 99.9 percent. To perform a DNA test, the subjects will provide a Buccal scrap via a swab that’s rubbed along the cheek, or subjects will provide blood samples.
The accuracy of DNA testing has literally transformed the process of establishing paternity. Generally, courts will accept the DNA evidence that supports paternity and — provided that time limitations do not interfere — a father may be able to get the parental rights that he wants, even if the mother refuses to agree that he is the father of his child. If you’re struggling to establish paternity, and the mother of your child refuses to agree that you’re the father, The Law Office of Steven C. Girsky can help assert your legal rights in court.