There are instances when a mother isn’t sure who the father of a child is. Determining paternity is essential for providing support and protection to a child, notes the team at Ruben Law Firm San Francisco. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to identify a child’s father.
December 27, 2012
While some women might choose to not know the identity of a child’s father, many others do wish to know the dad’s identity. Knowing who a child’s paternal parent is means that the child can provide a doctor with a full family history. Identifying and declaring a man as the father of a child also means that the child has the right to any veterans or social security benefits as well as to an inheritance, according to Ruben Law Firm San Francisco.
Paternity testing has come a long way as technology has developed. There are now multiple ways that a child’s father can be determined, even before the child himself is born. While some prenatal paternity tests are highly invasive and even risky, others are not.
An SNP Microarray is a non-invasive way to figure out the identity of the baby’s father, with up to 99.9 percent accuracy. During the procedure, a sample of the mother’s blood is taken. The blood is then analyzed and the baby’s DNA separated from it. Looking at the baby’s DNA, lab technicians can determine if there is a match.
Another prenatal method of determining paternity is an amniocentesis. During this procedure, a long, thin needle is inserted into the uterus and a small amount of the amniotic fluid is pulled out to be tested. The procedure is not without risks, among them miscarriage and harm to the fetus. Usually, it is only performed if it needs to be done for another reason as well, note the attorneys at Ruben Law Firm San Francisco. The test can be done between the 14th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.
A mother also has the option of determining paternity after the baby is born. DNA testing can be performed by taking a sample of the baby’s blood or umbilical cord and comparing it to a sample from the man who might be the father. The new baby’s cheek can also be swabbed to get a sample of DNA.
Ruben Law Firm San Francisco specializes in family law. The team of attorneys at the firm, led by Stephen B. Ruben, provide each client with compassionate, professional legal advice.