DNA Paternity Testing
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.