On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in fathers’ rights on Friday, June 5, 2020.

As a father, it is your right and responsibility to be there for your child. You waited for this moment for much of your life, and knowing that your child is here is something that you’re moved by. You want to always be there by their side.

You and your child’s mother were not married when she got pregnant, and you have some questions about the baby’s actual paternity. Maybe your relationship with the mother was a little rocky at one point and you were apart, or maybe you simply suspect that she was seeing other people.

Whatever the reason for your doubts, you do have the opportunity to ask for a DNA test if you’re concerned that your partner’s baby isn’t biologically yours. Your girlfriend or partner should be willing to allow the test. If you’re worried about how to approach it, you can explain that verifying your DNA matches makes a stronger paternity case and guarantees your rights, as well as eliminate any “talk” from disapproving family members.

How long does a paternity test take?

Depending on how long it takes to get the samples to the lab, the test should come back within one to two days. The hospital may have a lab that can perform the test in-house, or it may be sent out to an outside lab for confirmation.

If you want to wait to sign your child’s birth certificate, you can do so, especially if you’re concerned that you’re not the father of the child. Once you get confirmation, you can sign the document at the hospital or have it adjusted through the court.