Genetic testing can help you prove paternity court. However, there are some things you need to know before you decide to go forward. At Luce Law, we are here to help you make all of the right decisions, and we will only act in your best interest.
1. It Might Be Wise to Forgo Paternity Testing
When you prove paternity, you can be legally eligible for child support or other types of financial assistance. However, you also take some risk. The biological father can legally request parental rights. It is important to consult with an attorney and think about all possible outcomes before moving forward.
2. Home Paternity Test Kits Might Be a Good First Step
Home paternity test kits are not admissible in court. However, they might help you save some cash, especially if you are not sure who your child’s biological father might be. Later on, you can request a legally admissible test. The results will be the same 99.99% of the time.
3. Figure Out a Parenting Plan
Often, the father of your child will want to play an active and positive role in your child’s life. However, it is always good to be prepared for things that might happen in the future. Agree to sign a legal document that outlines the condition of a parenting plan, and have legal proof that the father has paternal rights and responsibilities with genetic testing.
4. Know Getting a DNA Sample Might Not Be Easy
Sometimes, the paternal father of your child might not be excited to get a paternity test, or he might refuse to get one. An attorney can help you explore your options.
5. Plan for the Future
Instead of guessing, know what the pros and cons of genetic testing will be, today and in the future. Work with a family attorney that will help you make the best decisions for you and your child.
At Luce Law, we know the actions you take today can have a significant impact on your future. Call us at 972-346-5170 for more information today.