Both mothers and potential fathers in New York may desire to have a paternity test done for a particular child – and either party may be the one to suggest the idea. Here are some of the most common reasons that New Yorkers seek to have a child’s paternity tested:
- To establish legal paternity and protect the rights that come with it.
Unsurprisingly, the number-one reason parents seek paternity testing is to determine who the father of the child is. When a paternity test “matches” a father and child, it also establishes certain rights for both parties – like the child’s right to receive support from the father, and the father’s right to be involved in the child’s life via custody or visitation. Without a valid paternity test, both parent and child might be deprived of these valuable rights.
- To provide essential medical information or a sense of identity.
Many illnesses and other conditions are inherited, so a child who has access to medical information from both biological parents can receive more thorough medical care than a child who has access to information from only one parent. Likewise, a sense of identity – of knowing who each parent is – plays a fundamental role in a child’s psychological and emotional health.
- To establish a right to other benefits.
To obtain Social Security or life insurance benefits, children must first establish that they are biologically descended from the deceased, if they were never formally adopted by the deceased while he lived.
Facing a question about paternity testing? Don’t hesitate to talk to an experienced Long Island family law attorney at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC to answer your questions and ensure the process protects your rights. Contact us today to learn more.