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The role of DNA tests in child support cases

Those who are seeking child support in Alabama or any other state may need to first prove the identity of the child's father. In many cases, parentage is determined through a DNA test. This is because DNA tests are up to 99.99999% accurate. If a DNA test determines the father of the kid, he will likely be ordered to pay child support.

However, if the test says that a former partner is not the father, he likely won't need to support the child. It is important to note that if a man is married to the child's mother when the baby is born, he will be considered the legal father. Therefore, determining parentage is only a concern if the father is not married to the mother when the birth occurs. Many labs that conduct tests will examine a sample twice to further ensure its accuracy.

A lab will also ensure that the chain of custody is tracked to ensure that it's handled properly. This can also help to make sure that samples are tested and results processed in a confidential manner. The sample itself is typically collected by swabbing the inside of a person's cheek. Generally speaking, the test results are as accurate as blood tests without causing any pain.

Individuals who are having child support issues may want to resolve them with the help of an attorney. Legal counsel could help a parent modify an order to make it easier to comply with. An attorney may also help a custodial parent collect support that they are owed. Parents who refuse to make child support payments can face financial penalties. In some cases, they may be sent to jail for not paying child support.

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