DNA testing as a proof in paternity.

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Illinois family law attorneys are often asked whether DNA testing is necessary for a child support order. The answer often depends on whether the man from who child support is sought is challenging paternity.

Because of its accuracy and its non-intrusive testing method, testing has become popular in paternity cases. But it is not always necessary. For example, if an alleged father voluntarily acknowledges paternity pursuant to state law, testing is not required.

In other situations, a man can be presumed to be the father of a child, such as if the parties were married or living in a civil union at the time of birth. Unless the man objects, the court will consider him to be the parent. If he disputes paternity during the proceeding, the court will usually order DNA testing.

The test itself consists of taking a saliva sample from inside the mouth of the alleged parents and the child. Drawing blood from an infant is no longer needed. The lab representative will document the date, time and location of the taking of each sample and ID each sample. The samples are then forwarded to the lab for testing. Each party will receive a copy of the results when completed.

The determination of paternity has a profound effect on each party, both financially and emotionally. Not only will the father be obligated to support the child until the age of majority, he will retain the rights and responsibilities of a parent, including some form of visitation. If men are unsure as to whether they are a biological father, contacting a family law attorney as soon as possible might be advisable.

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