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Navigating the process of determining paternity

With Father's day right around the corner on Sunday June 21, it's important to take a step back and understand the importance fathers play in the lives of their children. Whether it's reading a bedside story to your child, or helping with homework, or even just playing catch or taking your child to a baseball game or to the movies, fathers spending time with their children plays an important role in a child's healthy upbringing.

In addition, establishing paternity is important for legal reasons such as inheritance, child custody, visitation rights and child support. With the recent advancements in technology, it has become increasingly easier to establish paternity.

Previously blood tests were taken to determine the compatibility of blood types between a father and child. Although this could not accurate determine whether a man was the father of a child, it could determine when a man was not the biological father of a child. Today, DNA testing, easily done by taking a cell sample from the inside cheek of a male with a swap, can determine a father's paternity with a 99 percent success rate.

Our law offices at Turken and Porzenski, L. L. C. have a team of legal professionals including counsels, paralegals, and legal assistants here to help you resolve your family law issues and address any concerns you may have regarding the legal process. Through clients in the St. Charles County, Missouri, area, our firm is listed among the "Best Lawyers" by St. Louis Magazine. If you need consultation or representation regarding paternity issues, it may be in your best interest to seek advice from a law professional with experience in paternity and family law.

Source: findlaw.com, "Paternity Tests: Blood Tests and DNA", Accessed June 19, 2015.

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