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Paternity battles can be frustrating for many

If you live in Denver and have a child but are unsure that you are actually his or her parent, a DNA test can let you know for sure. However, no matter what the results are, there may still be legal battles to be fought. At Frost & Beck, P.C., we know that the financial and emotional aspects of establishing paternity are extremely important and can have a huge impact on your life.

Is it possible for a DNA sample to be switched or tampered with?

If you are using a test that is admissible in a court of law, then it is extremely unlikely that any type of fraud could take place. Since the samples taken with an at home test are mailed in to a lab, the testers cannot verify who provided the samples. However, when the samples are collected directly at the testing facility, it leaves very little room for mistakes and that is why those are generally the only tests that are admissible in court.

DNA testing combats paternity fraud

With fewer couples choosing to wait until marriage to have children, issues surrounding paternity have been on the rise in Colorado. Sometimes a mother may mistakenly identify someone as the father of her child, while other times a woman may purposefully name someone as the father in order to fraudulently collect child support or to qualify for welfare.

Considering retroactive child support obligations

The attorneys at Frost & Beck, P.C., understand that being identified as the defendant in a paternity lawsuit can be both incredibly shocking and troubling for you. After all, being ordered to take a paternity test may be the very first time that you are introduced to the idea that you might be the father of a child. Immediately becoming financially responsible for that child can also be a major issue, especially in cases where you could owe retroactive child support payments.

How to establish paternity in the state of Colorado

Many family law arrangements revolve around identifying the rights and responsibilities of parents. As a result, it is often necessary to legally establish paternity before any number of family law issues can be addressed. Determining the legal paternity of a child can be much more complicated than the parents simply verbalizing who the father is, and involves adhering to strict Colorado family law guidelines and processes.

What can and can’t establishing paternity do?

No matter if you are currently married or not, there are many circumstances under which it can be necessary to determine the legal paternity of your child. If you are a single mother, for instance, establishing paternity is an important step in establishing child support arrangements. As a father, it is also important to ensure that your paternity rights are recognized and enforced under the law. That is why it is so important for you and other parents in the state of Colorado to be familiar with some of the major advantages and limitations to establishing paternity.

The accuracy of paternity tests

Colorado residents may wish to better understand the accuracy of paternity testing, which is used to establish a child's paternal parent. While the tests are not 100 percent accurate, they are close enough to be considered legally admissible in court. Paternity tests come in two types: the exclusion and the inclusion. Exclusion paternity test results are considered to be 100 percent accurate. DNA from the potential father is tested against the DNA of a child to see if they share matching chromosome pairs. Fathers provide half of the chromosomes in their child's DNA, and a man will be excluded from paternity if he does not share any matching pairs with the child. On the other hand, inclusion paternity tests determine the likelihood that a man is a child's biological father in the form of a percentage. The highest matches possible are above 99 percent.

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