DNA testing has come a long way since the late 90s and early 2000s. The human genome was mapped. DNA makes regular appearances in criminal trials. It is used to determine paternity and more. DNA tests are constantly being refined and tested and paternity tests are no exception. A new test emerged a few years ago that checks the accuracy of noninvasive prenatal tests to determine paternity.
A recent study utilized test samples from 20 pregnant women and the corresponding biological fathers. It compared each sample against each father and 1,820 random unrelated males. The test successfully identified the correct father 100 percent of the time. It also correctly excluded the random males 99.95 percent of the time. It listed only 18 males as indeterminate.
These numbers clearly show that this new test is highly accurate and noninvasive. It can be administered early in the pregnancy, all of the women were between six- and 21-weeks pregnant. This allows the parents to resolve any paternity and custody issues early on before the child is born. It is cheaper and easier to resolve these disputes without having to care for a baby. All around, this is good news for everyone.
If you are engaged in a paternity dispute, then DNA testing is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to resolve it. As illustrated above, these tests are widely accepted and are reliable. You may want to sit down with an attorney to help you resolve this issue. Generally, the best option is to ask the opposing party to consent to the test but barring that, an attorney can help you prepare the paperwork to compel a DNA test. You have rights as a parent; don't let someone bully you into giving them away.