Did you know that 300,000 paternity tests are performed in the USA, annually? Did you also know that in 72 percent of cases the test confirms that the alleged father is indeed the biological parent? There are many reasons to establish paternity. The science and the collection procedures are very simple, non-invasive and fairly affordable. Yet, there are still people who are reluctant to take the test and find out the truth. They worry about affecting personal finances or other relationships. Here are three important reasons to consider testing.
Why get a test?
1.Access Your Paternity Rights
A minor or adult child can be named as a beneficiary for specific benefits, but whether you are entitled to receive them can often depend on proof of a legal, biological relationship. This is why it’s crucial to establish legal paternity as soon as possible. What kind of benefits can be affected by proof of paternity? Here’s a sampling:
- Life insurance
- Veteran’s benefits
- Social Security
If you remember the case of the musician Prince, no paternity was established before his death. Several potential heirs made claim to his estate, but with no court-admissible paternity testing, those cases could not be proven.
For paternity test results to be legally binding and entitle a child to benefits, DNA collection must be witnessed by an approved and impartial third party and follow a chain-of-custody process to ensure that no fraud has taken place. This is where TSS, Inc comes in.
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2. Paternity Testing Helps in Compiling your Family Medical History
Genetics play an important role in determining if a person is at a greater risk of specific diseases. Knowing your health history may someday help in diagnosis and treatment for you or a child.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “Although there are many possible causes of human disease, family history is often one of the strongest risk factors for common disease complexes such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and psychiatric illnesses.”
3. Paternity Testing Establishes a Sense of Identity
Often, we hear from folks who just want to know who they are and where they come from. People want to get a full picture of their heritage.
How to Establish Paternity
Paternity tests performed for use in a court case, such as child support or immigration, require a legal chain of custody and testing in an accredited laboratory. At TSS we follow all legally mandated procedures. We test by gently rubbing a buccal swab on the inside of the cheek.
You may have your own crucial reasons for wanting to establish paternity that are very different from the most common ones listed here. Whatever your circumstances are, always use a trusted partner like TSS to collect the specimens. The answer to the question of paternity is just too important to leave to chance.
Contact us to schedule your test at (877) 225-1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.