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How accurate are genetic tests for paternity?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2021 | Uncategorized

Proving that you are the father of a child often requires the cooperation of the mother or court-ordered genetic testing. A cheek swab of both you and the child can be all that it takes to create a medical and scientific record of your biological connection to each other.

A positive paternity test can give you the right to seek custody and visitation, but it also creates parental responsibilities that you will have to fulfill for your child. You clearly want to be there for your child, but you probably worry about the legal consequences of inaccurate tests. Is there a risk of a false positive with modern paternity testing?

Positive results have an error margin of less than 1%

Comparing the genetics of a child to a parent is a well-established science at this point. It is both faster and more affordable than it was years ago, as well as more accurate. Genetic tests have never been unreliable, but the margin of error is now less than 1%, making the tests admissible in court and dependable for parents who want to validate their status personal reasons and not just legal ones.

What is Arizona’s standard for paternity testing?

Sometimes, due to issues with the sample, there can be a larger margin of error on the results for a paternity test. In order for a test to legally establish paternity in Arizona, it has to have 95% accuracy or surety that the individual involved is biologically related to the child. If the margin of error is greater than 5%, it may be necessary to test again or explore voluntary acknowledgment with the mother of the child. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance.