What Happens After a Positive Paternity Test?

a photo of a man and childIf you’ve been asked to take a paternity test, you might be nervous and apprehensive. Any time there is doubt about the identity of a child’s father, there is stress involved! But you don’t have to go through the process alone. At Choice DNA, we make the testing as simple as possible. If you receive a positive test result, here are some things you should expect afterward.

Contested Results

If you wish to contest the results, which is a possibility if the mother did not submit to DNA testing of her own, you typically have 60 days to do so. However, DNA testing is so accurate (99.9%) that you will need substantial evidence to prove that you are not the father of the child. You can elect to take a retest if you think the positive result was returned due to a mistake in the testing process. It’s best to seek legal representation in this situation.

Uncontested Results

If you do not intend to contest the results, you could be responsible for child support payments until your child is 18. The amount you pay will be determined by the court, though the mother can contest the amount. Again, it might be prudent to hire a lawyer to help you through this process, especially if you are seeking full or partial custody of the child. You will need to consult the laws in the state of your child’s residence for specific details.

If you’re unsure that you’re the father of a child, or if you’ve been ordered by the court to take a paternity test, you need to know where you stand. Contact Choice DNA today to learn about our affordable, court-admissible paternity testing options. (800) 219-4362