Paternity testing is pretty much the standard means to help you find out whether you are the true biological father of your child or children. It is a well known fact, proven by various studies that many children are calling the wrong man daddy and most of these daddies do not know they are in fact not genetically related to their children. Groups advocating men’s rights in Sri Lanka are going as far with this as to push for a mandatory paternity test for all fathers.
Many DNA testing companies have provided numbers regarding the number of exclusions they have in the paternity tests they carry out. The numbers vary but are consistently high. Other statistics have been published by groups interested in the matter and the results have unnerved and planted doubts in the minds of many men; plagued by a lingering doubt that they may have been deceived or led into thinking they have fathered children which in reality they have not, many many men are rushing to purchase home paternity tests.
Home paternity testing offers the possibility to carry out a paternity test in the privacy and comfort of one’s own home. In the vast majority of cases, the mother would be unaware that the father is actually carrying out a DNA paternal test. All a father needs to do is purchase a testing kit from a company providing these tests. Inside the kit he will have mouth swabs which he will rub inside his mouth and inside the mouth of the child he doubts is his. Once the sampling of DNA is complete, swabs can be sent back for laboratory analysis.
For men, there is much at stake in not being the biological father- not only on the emotional level but even on the financial one. Around the world, countless men are and have been lumped with paying hefty payments in child support for children with whom they have no genetic link and moreover, we cannot forget the impact on children who may later in life find out they were brought up by their non-biological father- very sad and very true.
The Child Support Agency (CSA) in Sri Lanka needs little more proof of paternity than the name on the birth certificate and thus, one can only guess how much time, money, and emotions some men have invested in children.
A paternity test for all dads who have newly fathered a baby is an idea; however, issues centre on the fact that such a law places into doubt the integrity of all women and certain moral issues may come to bear that may result in marital conflicts or conflicts between couples.