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DNA Paternity Testing

Jul 19

Obtaining a paternity test in today’s world is easy, fast, and inexpensive. I advise my clients to request a paternity test whenever there the slightest question as to the paternity of a child. Putting the emotional aspects aside, it makes financial sense to know who a child’s biological parent is before child support is paid for eighteen years. Also, a paternity test can be excellent proof of adultery if the husband turns out not to be the father of the child in question.
In South Carolina, a purported father only gets one opportunity to have a paternity test conducted. Once an Order of paternity has been issued, that person is the legal father of that child no matter what. Even if he finds out later that he is not the biological father, it is virtually impossible to change his “legal” status.


Many times, a mother will file for assistance from the Department of Social Services to obtain child support from a purported father. Unfortunately, D.S.S. does not always advise the man that he only has one opportunity to seek a paternity test, and too many times these men find out too late that they have wasted that opportunity.
Also, when a child is born during a marriage, the husband is presumed to be the child’s legal father, and it is therefore crucial that he raise the issue of paternity in Court at the first available opportunity to ensure that the presumption does not bind him legally to this child (unless he desires to be the child’s father anyway regardless of the biological status).
The testing facility that I routinely use is DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC). Even though it is based just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, DDC uses local collection facilities from all over the country and the world. For instance, DDC has thirty-six collection facilities in South Carolina alone. DDC’s website states that paternity tests are available for as little as $450.00, and they can have the results available in five business days.

Posted on 19 July 2005 Posted in Children

12 Responses to DNA Paternity Testing

williams • November 8, 2005 at 9:49 pm

how long does it take the results to come back? Why do the mother has to be tested when the father is the one in questioning about himself?

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Andrew Watkins • November 17, 2005 at 10:52 pm

Im a victim of learning too late that the child is not mine after signing as legal father(not knowing for 10 years).
Im presently getting with legislators on this to get the law changed . Any other advise?
Thanks ,
A Watkins
P.S. end of email might be .net

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Michelle • December 3, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Dear Williams,
I am a director at Identigene, a DNA lab located in Houston,TX. We were the first lab to be accredited (in 1993)using current technology to produce paternity results (www.identigene.com). The mother does not have to be tested and we can produce results in an average of 2-3 business days and deliver results to you over the phone. DNA Diagnostics will produce results in 5 days and there is no option for verbal results, only results via US mail. Feel free to contact me at mcouncil@identigene.com.

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Amanda • May 4, 2006 at 5:20 pm

Dear Williams,
I was with a man who was not my daughters biological father when she was born. I never knew that he had signed the birth certificate (without my permission) until after we left the hospital. When i tried to get it changed, i was told that i would need to go to court. In this situation, does this law still apply that it is almost impossible to get the fathers name changed, even if a paternity test would be issued to her real father??
**Amanda**

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pg • January 22, 2007 at 9:50 pm

how long will it take to have the DNA testing results back from a living person, from a deseased person? Both parties are sisters. needing proof that they are sisters?

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Jessica • March 2, 2007 at 7:01 pm

My husband just had a swab test done and 10 of the 13 markers matches the mom. The child only had 5 of my husbands that didn’t match mom. Why won’t the state allow a more accurate tests to be done so he can know for sure?

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PS • September 27, 2007 at 10:55 pm

I’m currently in the year separation phase of my divorce in South Carolina and it will be finalized in February/March 08. I just found out that my soon-to-be ex-wife is pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. Do I need to get a paternity test to prove that the child is not mine even though I had a vasectomy three years ago?

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Kelly Stone • July 16, 2008 at 7:22 am

Dr Mr Williams,
My son is not married and presumed to be the father of a 18 year girlfriend’s child…not born yet…due anytime…..WHEN can we get the paternaty test. Even for just to know reasons. They are sure it is his, but others have questions…included myself…grandmother. They only dated 1 month and she still had contact with her ex boyfriend.
I am a nurse but never had incontered this problem. Legal issues…..HELP ! Please tell me it is through cord blood.! This is in SC!

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Donne • June 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I have been asked by a young woman to have a paternity test. She has a 2 yr.old child. She told me she has had several others tested no positives yet. Should I wait until a request comes from DSS or get tested on my own. When I get tested do they test the child and mother at the sametime? I live in SC.

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Shawn • September 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Im wanting to find out how I go about getting DNA testing.The girl that is pregnant by me wont have any contact with any of my family or me,she left when she was four months along and it is past time for our child to be born and she hasn’t told me even what my child is.What should I do to have some kind of information or find out if my child is ok?

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