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Paternity testing: proof of the biological father-child relationship

Just a quick 10 second sample collection using an oral swab is all that is needed to disprove or confirm the paternity of a man, explains Carlo Lamanna Chapelle

2 June 2014

Paternity testing is widely used to determine whether an alleged father is the biological father of a child or children. We have all seen many shows which feature this test; delighted fathers, exalted by the results of a paternity test, jumping up and down in front of the camera as they are freed from all parental responsibilities.

On the other hand, turmoil and agitation follow as the results of a paternity test can change one's life. Whatever the context, paternity testing has become an indispensible tool in establishing paternity and meting out parental obligations and responsibilities.

Paternity tests can be either peace of mind or legal tests. Peace of mind tests are an easy way to clear one's doubts about the issue using the most simple and straightforward method of sample collection. The test is also cheaper to carry out when compared to a legal paternity test. A legal paternity is usually d...

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