A long time ago in Florida, when times were different and medical advances had not reached the level they’re at today, it was difficult — if not impossible — for a father to go to court and prove the was the biological father of his children. These days, however, a father can prove his paternal identity through blood and DNA tests.
The history of using blood tests to prove paternity stretches back to the 1950s, when medical advancements allowed lab technicians to look at blood molecules of a father and a child to determine if they matched up. Although there was always the chance of error in blood testing, by the 1970s, blood testing was known to have an accuracy of about 95 percent.
It was not until much later, however, with the advent of DNA testing that paternity tests approached near perfection. These days, a DNA test can prove paternity with an accuracy of approximately 99.99 percent. This incredible — near-flawless accuracy applies to most cases in which paternity is in question. By taking a blood or cheek swab sample from both the father and the baby, medical lab technicians can look at DNA molecules to compare the father to the child and see if they’re a match.
Florida family courts will generally accept blood and DNA evidence as sufficient proof to show that a man is the father of his children. That evidence can then be used to garner the father visitation and custody rights, so that he can play a role in the lives of his kids. If you are currently struggling to establish your paternity rights in Florida, the Law Office of Kelley A. Joseph, PA, may be able to help. We will listen to your story and advise you for your legal rights and options.