Paternity When Alleged Father is Missing
Kinship Analysis - Missing Alleged Father
If samples from the deceased are not readily available then the alleged father’s genotype can be reconstructed by testing close relatives. The most straightforward of these tests is a grandpaternity test in which the alleged father’s parents are tested. If one or both of his parents are missing, then samples from his siblings or other children can be used and extended typing performed. Any combination of three or four of these close relatives will result in a highly conclusive test. When fewer relatives are available for testing, the ability to provide a conclusive result decreases. Relatives farther removed from the alleged father such as cousins are not related closely enough to provide useful information. One caution to this type of testing is that if the relationships are misrepresented to the laboratory, a false negative may result.
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TWO SIDES – Typically, paternity rights become an issue when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child and seeks to establish legal paternity to obtain child support or when a man maintains that he is the father of a child and desires to exercise his own legal paternity rights.
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