Florida courts use genetic testing, also referred to as a DNA test to determine
paternity. The process is simple:
The mother, child and man believed to be the child's father are scheduled
for a genetic test. All three must show up for the appointment with picture
ID in hand. During the appointment, a lab worker will take a picture of
the person being tested and get a fingerprint. Identification is carefully
checked to ensure that the right person is being tested for paternity.
The lab worker will then use a small swab to wipe the inside of the cheek
of each person to obtain a cell sample to be used for the test. Each sample
is then sealed into individual envelopes that are sent to a genetic testing
laboratory. The lab compares the samples from the mother, the child, and
the suspected father to determine if a match exists. Genetic tests are
99.9% effective and the result is usually accepted by Florida judges.
If you have questions about establishing paternity or your rights as a
parent, do not hesitate to
contact Hutchinson Law to schedule a consultation with a
Jacksonville family law attorney.