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Ask a Colorado Springs Paternity Attorney About Genetic Fingerprinting

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

blog-logoBeing tested for paternity can be one of the most intimidating experiences in a man’s life; especially given the waiting time for results.  But today’s testing has changed quite a bit since the first DNA tests were administered.  For example, a Colorado paternity attorney can recommend genetic fingerprinting techniques, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and restriction fragment length polymorphism.  Don’t let the big words confuse you; these are the same tests that most paternity lawyers recommend to their clients.

DNA testing is one of the most accurate and advanced technologies used today, and according to scientists there is a 0% chance that the test will return inaccurate parentage results, provided that the child is not otherwise biologically related to the alleged parent. 

Using DNA testing as legal evidence

When a court requests a DNA parentage test, it can also require that the results of such a test be the guiding evidence in legally determining child support, social welfare benefits, inheritances, immigration status and adoption data.  In other words, this is one test that you want to be sure is correct. 

These legal determinants are known as “chain-of-custody” requirements, but they can only be satisfied fully when all tested parties are tested by an independent third party professional who bears no relation to any of the parties and has no legal or personal interest in the outcome.  Unless all of these factors are in place, it is not uncommon for a paternity judgment to be appealed. 

If you have questions about DNA testing for paternity in Colorado, contact an experienced team of paternity lawyers.

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