Paternity cases are one of the most common family law cases out there. Paternity cases involve litigation between unmarried parents over custody and child support related issues.
The truth is that a large portion of children today are born out-of-wedlock. Next to divorce, paternity cases are perhaps the most common type of family law case.
In many cases, the paternity of the father is not at issue. Both the mother and the father have no questions about the identity of the father.
There are other cases, however, where that is not the case. In some cases, the alleged biological father may assert that they do not believe that they are the biological father. In other cases, the mother might candidly admit that there is a possibility that more than one individual could be the father.
In these instances, courts often order a paternity test. A paternity test can take place where the court orders it or where one party files a motion for a paternity test.
Many do not know how a paternity test works. They also might wonder whether blood is required.
The truth is that paternity test is fairly simple in this day and age. Paternity testing merely involves swabbing the inside the mouth of the alleged father or fathers and the child. There is no swab ordinarily needed from the mother. From there, the identify of the father can be easily found.
Some may wonder whether a child can be tested in the womb. Unlike a mouth swab, this can take place through the taking of blood from the mother and the alleged father. The truth, however, is that most parties and courts simply wait until after the birth given the invasiveness of taken blood and the potential risk to the unborn baby.
If you are going through a family law matter where paternity is at issue, Stange Law Firm, PC can help. You can contact us at 855-805-0595.