Determining parentage can be a difficult subject for some. In accordance with the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, paternity testing may be in order for mothers seeking support or fathers seeking access to their children. Through DNA testing, when necessary, children can benefit from desperately needed support and have the ability to form or maintain relationships with their fathers. On this flip side, DNA testing can also protect one who is falsely accused of fathering a child.
Child support cannot just be granted based on a mother's claim that a child's father is indeed the father. Proof is needed, unless the information is willingly volunteered. This is where paternity testing comes into the picture.
Paternity testing is completed by collecting samples from blood, tissues or amniotic fluid. Any of these things can be processed in order to determine if DNA is shared between a child and his or her potential father. It is believed that such testing is just shy of 100 percent accurate. Those who wish to pursue DNA testing will likely need to obtain a court order. Once the order has been entered, testing can then be performed at an approved facility.
If paternity is established through DNA testing, the father may be ordered to provide support in accordance with the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. While support is generally granted based on certain set percentages, every case is different. The amount of support ordered may vary based upon on one's personal circumstances. If, on the other hand, test results come back negative, those potential fathers will be off the hook, so to speak.
Source: clevelandclinic.org, "DNA Paternity Test", Accessed on Oct. 7, 2015