The Benefits of a Prenatal Paternity Test

For women who get pregnant, there is not always a presumed father. Similarly, many men want to ensure the child is biologically his before offering financial support, and a prenatal paternity test can provide the answer. Although prenatal paternity tests were once invasive and risky, there is now a blood test that can prove results without posing a risk to the mother or child. This non-invasive procedure makes it easy for expectant parents who aren’t completely sure of paternity to get the results before the child is born. The mother, father, and baby all benefit in three ways from knowing this information.

Peace of Mind

Not knowing who the father of her child is can induce anxiety in any mother. A paternity test will ease her mind so she can focus on preparing for her child’s arrival. Similarly, if there is no presumed father but multiple candidates, they may be anxious until they know for sure who the father if. A prenatal paternity test is helpful in the following situations.

  • The mother had multiple sexual partners around the time of conception
  • A father wants proof of paternity before providing financial assistance
  • A married man believes infidelity led to the pregnancy
  • The mother wishes to prove paternity to earn financial support
  • Either party wants to relieve anxiety by knowing paternity results before the child is born

Financial Security

When a married woman gets pregnant, the husband is the presumed father, and he is responsible for financial support. If he has any reason to suspect the child is not his biologically, a DNA paternity test can provide clarity and release him of financial obligations if his suspicions are correct. Similarly, an unmarried man does not want to support a child that is not biologically his, so he may want proof before offering financial assistance. A prenatal paternity test establishes whether or not he is the father so he can begin or withdraw financial support during the pregnancy, depending on what the results are.
If the woman is unmarried, paternity has to be established if she wants to receive financial support. If the father refuses to pay child support, the mother must prove paternity to obtain a court order for financial assistance. By determining paternity before birth, the mother is assured of financial security, and the father is confident he is supporting his own child.

Stronger Relationships

Knowing the paternity of your baby allows you to establish a family structure before birth, leading to a happier child. It may strengthen romantic relationships by binding the mother and father together, but it ultimately allows the child to develop a deeper connection with his or her father. The state of Florida allows paternity to be established any time before the child reaches 18 years of age, Still, it is better to be determined as early as possible so the child can have a better relationship with the father.
By knowing the identity of his or her father, the child has access to insurance and medical history, both of which can enrich the baby’s life. Determining paternity before birth allows the child to form a relationship with the father immediately. If paternity isn’t established until years after the child is born, both the father and the child suffer the loss of those years. The mother also benefits from knowing the identity of the father because she doesn’t have to help her child deal with conflicting emotions while undergoing a DNA test. There is no confusion with a prenatal paternity test.

ARCpoint Labs of Fort Myers

Prenatal paternity testing is beneficial for all parties involved. If you are not confident in the paternity of your child, ARCpoint Labs of Fort Myers can help set your mind at ease. Contact us today to learn more about our prenatal paternity testing services.