So What Do The Results of Paternity Testing Mean?
Paternity Test Results
Once you have your results, the following explanation can be helpful in explaining the meaning of the data. The paternity results are summarized in the report’s interpretation section. The results are explained in one of two ways:
The alleged father is excluded as being the biological father of the child.
The alleged father cannot be excluded as being the biological father of the child, and the probability of paternity is 99.0%. This number can be read as high as 99.9999%.
The "numbers" section of the report reveals the DNA patterns of the individuals tested. People have two genetic markers, or numbers, for each DNA system analyzed. One genetic marker was inherited from the mother, and the other genetic marker was inherited from the father. The order in which the genetic markers appear is insignificant. If the combined paternity index is a non-zero number, there is a match between the alleged father and child. If the combined paternity index is a zero, it is a "non-match" between the alleged father and child. A zero means that the alleged father is excluded as being the biological father of the child. A non-zero number means that the probability of paternity is over 99%.
Problems and/or delays with your DNA results: With any biological testing exceptions can occur. There are a few reasons why your test might not be completed in the typical time.
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WHEN THE FATHER DENIES PATERNITY -- When the alleged father of a child does not voluntarily acknowledge paternity, the mother can establish paternity in a number of ways, including testing. If test results indicate that the alleged father is the biological father of the child and he does not contest the results, those results will then be recognized as a conclusive determination of paternity, generally after 60 days. When the alleged father does not submit to genetic testing, he may be determined to be the child's father by default.
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