DNA paternity test


A DNA paternity test can be quite scary, however, it is better than not knowing anything. A child, and you, both have the right to know who the father is. This is of course only the case when you want to know this. 

DNA testing by the court

Becoming a father is unexpected for some men. If the father does not believe that the child is his, he may even refuse to take care of it or contribute financially to its upbringing. In such a case, you can go to court to have the paternity determined. In that case, the DNA test has to be done by a doctor. If the father refuses the DNA test, the court can force the DNA test on him. With the paternity test, or in other words: establishing paternity in court, you can have the legal bond between the biological father and the child determined. However, if you want to do the DNA test by yourself, that is also possible. It is not admissible in court, but it is convenient. To do a DNA test by yourself you have to buy a paternal dna test.  But with a legal paternity test of a recognized agency, it is admissible. They are specialized in these certain types of procedures, so you do not have to worry about anything. 


A declaration of paternity at court can only be requested by the mother or by the child. As a mother, you can submit a request until your child is 5 years old. After that, you, or rather the child, will have to wait. If your child is of age, he or she can submit an application on their own. A minor child older than 5 can also do this, but needs a guardian. The father, however, cannot submit a request for the judicial establishment of paternity.

Consequences of the paternity test

When paternity is established by the court, it has consequences for the legal relationship with your child. The father has to contribute to the upbringing of your child (becomes a maintenance debtor), your child will inherit from him and can be given his name. Children who do not know who their father is can find this difficult when they get older. It can make children feel unsafe or insecure if they do not know where they come from. Attachment is important for babies. It is wise to think about this when establishing paternity or acknowledging.