In a trial of any civil action to establish paternity, the court can order the mother, the child and the putative father to submit to paternity tests, such as DNA testing, a court order is not required if all parties are in agreement to DNA testing procedures.
The results of the paternity test have the following effect:
If the probability of paternity of the alleged father is less than 85 percent, the alleged father is presumed not to be the father. It is still possible to argue the results in court, and it can be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.
If the tests show that the alleged father is not excluded and that the probability of paternity is between 85 percent and 97 percent, the results are admitted as evidence by the court and are weighed with other competent evidence.
If the alleged father is not excluded and the probability of paternity is 97 percent or higher, the alleged father is presumed to be the father and the results are admitted as evidence by the court.
This presumption can only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.
If more than one testing expert is involved and there is a disagreement as to the results of the tests, then the court weighs all the evidence in making a determination.
Establishing paternity does not have the effect of legitimization.
Preferred Paramedical offers Legitimation Testing by both Court Order and by Volunteering Parties.
We do not offer legal advice, merely test DNA samples from the child and father to determine the probablitiy of parenthood.
Legitimation procedures are used to confirm or to deny paternity, in many cases this may be for use in visitation and custody matters or for the responsibility of child support compensation.
We strongly suggest that an attorney be contacted for these legal matters, Preferred Paramedical does not and can not offer legal advice to our test subjects.
The test requires a blood sample from the child in question as well as the male
suspected of being the alleged father.