Having a baby can be an exciting time in a couple’s life. It can also be a time of difficulty and frustrations, especially if the mother or father is not sure of the biological relationship. When the birth records coordinator comes to your room to sign the birth certificate and the acknowledgement of paternity, most men do not realize what they are signing. By signing that acknowledgement of paternity and putting your name on that birth certificate starts a countdown that if not addressed promptly could result in 18 years of support for a child who is not even related to you. If you are one of the men out there who would still take care of that child, then we applaud you. Most men would not want to be in this situation.
What most men do not realize is that the acknowledgement of paternity does not have to be signed prior to the child leaving the hospital. Most states give upwards of a week after the birth to sign that document. This leaves plenty of time to have a DNA Paternity Test performed to find out the truth and have the peace of mind that may be needed.
In a situation like this, it is not advisable to run to the drugstore and buy a non-legal DNA Paternity Test off the shelf and do it yourself. You want the knowledge and expertise of a DNA Testing company to perform a legally admissible test so that if the results ever need to be used in court you would have everything you need to prove your case.
If you do sign the birth certificate and the Acknowledgement of Paternity, you only have a few years in some states to contest this. Once the statute of limitations expires the alleged father could be on the hook for the entire 18 years, even if he is not the biological father. Courts will only accept a legally admissible DNA Test.
If a man is unsure that he is the father and is being told by the mother that he is then he has a right to request a DNA Test. It is a small price to pay for the truth and peace of mind.