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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VOLUNTARY ESTABLISHMENT – A man who wishes to acknowledge paternity – and therefore accept responsibility for the child and pay child support until the child reaches the age of majority – does so by signing a Declaration of Paternity (sometimes called an Acknowledgment of Paternity). This documentation is also necessary in order to have the father's name placed on the child's birth certificate, if desired. The father can complete an affidavit of paternity any time between the birth of the child up until the child turns 18.
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