As DNA testing becomes more reliable, affordable and available, more people are turning to paternity tests to confirm whether they are biologically related to a child.

Here are the top five reasons why people might consider using a paternity test:

  1. Doubts over father’s identity

This is the most obvious reason to order a paternity test. If a woman has had more than one partner around the time of conception, there is likely to be uncertainty over the identity of the father. In some cases, men will have doubts because they suspect their partner has been unfaithful or they may ask for a DNA test after the relationship breaks down for reassurance that their child is actually their son or daughter. Finding out who a child’s father is at an early stage will avoid confusion and upset as they grow older.

  1. Naming a father on a birth certificate

Some parents may wish to confirm the identity of a child’s father before naming him on a birth certificate. If there is any doubt over who the father is, it is a good idea to get a paternity test done so that the information on the birth certificate is factually accurate. Births need to be registered within six weeks but it is possible to add the name of the father at a later date.

  1. Fighting for custody of a child

When a father is asking the courts to grant him full or shared custody of a child, the courts may ask for a legal paternity test to be carried out. This will usually only be necessary in cases where the mother is disputing the identity of the father or where there are some doubts concerning paternity.

  1. To obtain child support

When a mother is chasing child support through the Child Support Agency, a paternity test may be necessary to prove the man in question is the biological father. If the man is claiming not to be responsible for the child, DNA results may be the only clear evidence the CSA has to base a decision on. Initially the CSA will ask the alleged father to prove they are not the biological father and if he can’t, they will ask both parents to take a DNA test and refer the matter to the courts.

  1. Applying for permission to stay in the UK

Many DNA tests are carried out for immigration purposes. Being able to prove you are biologically related to a British citizen or someone who has settled permanently in the UK can strengthen your case and improve your chances of success.

AlphaBiolabs carries out paternity and DNA testing for all these reasons and many more. For official purposes, a legal DNA test is required, which follows strict procedures to ensure the results would be admissible as evidence in a court of law. However, if you want to find out the paternity of a child purely for personal reasons, you may want to consider a peace of mind test.