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Non-invasive prenatal DNA testing is accurate

On Behalf of | May 15, 2016 | Paternity

Paternity disputes once took months or years to resolve. There are painful accounts about timelines, copulation dates and evidence of other partners. This forced many fathers to care for a child that was not theirs. For many other mothers, it meant that the lawful father escaped his duties. Not so today. DNA testing, which even 15 years ago would have been outlandish, is now the norm. This post will go over one of the latest methods.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website published the results of a study in which there was a 100 percent accuracy rate among participants who underwent prenatal DNA testing. The test was small: only 21 adult pregnant women, one of whom’s sample had to be disqualified. The women tested were between six and 21 weeks pregnant, all very early in the development.

Each sample was tested against the biological father and 1,820 other random males.

For each of the 20 qualifying samples, the test came back correct 100 percent of the time. It correctly excluded 99.95 percent of the unrelated males and left only 18 as indeterminately related. Those are huge numbers for testing and essentially assure that prenatal DNA tests are fool-proof.

This allows parents to resolve custody disputes before the child is born. The earlier these issues can be resolved, the better it is for the parents and child. This allows a parenting plan to be in place before the child is born.

If you are engaged in a child custody dispute, then DNA testing is your best option. You may want to speak to an attorney on how best to file a request to enforce a DNA testing order. A lawyer can also go over your child support and custody rights depending upon the outcome of the test.


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