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Establishing paternity and DNA testing

In some Texas cases, a man will need to take steps to establish his paternity of a child. When a child is born to unmarried people, the man is not automatically presumed to be the father. He may need to request DNA testing in order to prove that he is the child's father so that he can seek custody or visitation.

DNA testing has been used to establish paternity for a number of years, and it is highly reliable. A person's DNA will share 99.9 percent of their parents' own genetic codes, since they receive half from their mother and half from their father.

When DNA testing is performed, the DNA sample of the parents and the child will be compared. To do this, the analyst will use a restrictive enzyme that separates the DNA strands at specific areas, which are where the adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine attach. These are nucleotide bases that form specific and unique sequences that carry the person's genetic information. Once the strands are separated for the child and the parents, the analyst then compares them to see if they match. If they do, then they will give a positive result for the man's paternity claim.

Even if a man knows he is the father of a child, he will still need to establish his paternity in order to seek and receive his rights if he is not married to the mother. If the mother agrees that he is the father, they can file an affidavit of paternity attesting to it. If, however, she disputes it or will not agree to sign the affidavit, the man may still request that the court order genetic testing so that he can establish his paternity. A man may want to get help from a family law attorney to file the motion and then to help with any subsequent child custody proceeding.

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