Around 8% of dads in Britain are worried they may not be the biological father of their children, according to a new study.
And these fears may be justified as 3% of women say they don’t know who has fathered their children.
The YouGov survey found people are more likely to have doubts over paternity in the North East. In Newcastle, 16% of men have doubts about whether they are really the father of their children.
Among women, those living in the North West were the most likely to be uncertain who had fathered their children. In Liverpool and Manchester 6% of mothers admitted they couldn’t be sure who their child’s father was.
The report indicates that there are a total of 1.2 million men in Britain who suspect they may be bringing up children who are not their own. These suspicions explain why more and more people are turning to DNA tests to find out the truth once and for all.
Tests can help people discover the truth
AlphaBiolabs offers a confidential DNA test which can be ordered online. The peace of mind paternity test can put an end to doubts and suspicions once and for all by giving people concrete answers.
And those who need to formally prove paternity for official purposes like making a claim for child support or altering a birth certificate can order a legal DNA test, which follows a strict procedure concerning sample collection.
Both tests are extremely accurate and can give people the answers they need so both they and the child concerned can move forward knowing the truth.
Researchers quizzed 5,266 parents for the YouGov survey. They found that although doubts over paternity were commonplace, fathers living in Yorkshire and Scotland were less likely to have doubts over their children.
The poll found just 3% of men in those areas were worried their children may not be biologically related to them.
The research concluded that older fathers were more likely to feel confident about paternity than younger men. Among dads aged between 25 and 34, 15% suspected they might not really be the father of their children.
The breakdown of a marriage can also lead to suspicions concerning paternity with 18% of fathers who are separated or divorced questioning whether they were really related to their offspring.