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12 reasons for DNA paternity testing

Early detection of false paternity could prevent or minimize …

carnell smith12. “Loss of Driver’s Licenses”
11. “Loss of professional and business licenses”
10. “Loss of your home and real estate”
9. “Arrest and incarceration”
8. “Seizure of paycheck”
7. “Seizure of savings, checking and investment accounts”
6. “Reporting to credit bureaus”
5. “Seizure of state and federal tax refunds.”
4. “Seizure of lottery winnings.”
3. “Seizure of unemployment compensation”
2. “Seizure of your car, truck, motorcycle”
1. “No fault divorce”



12. Loss of driver’s licenses

A DNA test for paternity could be quite useful in keeping or preventing the loss of a driver’s license in the United States. As a child support enforcement tool to collect unpaid money from men and women ordered to pay child support, many states can suspend a driver’s license. If a driver’s license is needed to commute or as a job requirement — making on-time child support payments should be a top priority. Sometimes, a court hearing is not required to confirm actual arrears nor actual paternity before license suspension goes into effect.

Imagine hearing, “That’s too bad about the layoff last month and now you can’t drive to work nor drive for work. No problem, we’ll release the driver’s license when the outstanding balance is paid in full. Next person in line … “. Since your driving privilege is on the line, taking that legal DNA paternity test before signing your name is not such a bad idea.

11. Loss of professional and business licenses

Years of hard work, education and investments could be affected by the loss of a professional and business license. It does not matter if you are an attorney, doctor, dentist, accountant or business owner in the United States. If a professional or business license is needed to produce income then making on-time support payments should be a top priority to avoid the life altering impact of another child support enforcement tool.

The idea of taking the means to generate income while still demanding payment does seem a bit strange. Taking a DNA test to confirm paternity could be a career saver for some people.

10. Loss of your home and real estate

Perhaps you have realized that paternity testing can determine if “he is the father” or “he is not the father”. A divorce can be a painfully and devastating experience for men and women. When considering whether to get a paternity test or not – did you know that your home and real estate can be seized and sold to pay child support and/or alimony?

Let’s see, the choices are take the DNA paternity test, asap or risk losing your home and real estate. Hmmm …

9. Arrest and incarceration

Failure to pay court ordered child support puts your freedom at-risk when appearing in “pay or go to jail family court” in the United States. Also applies to countries that have adopted the practices of US Child Support Enforcement agencies. Many states have laws concerning child abandonment and delinquency of support plus contempt of court for failure to pay. Sometimes the accused man gets an opportunity to have a court ordered legal DNA paternity test if he pays for testing and sample collections. The result of court ordered testing may show paternity is zero percent and “he is not the father,” it could address the criminal abandonment charge and leave the paternity order in effect until overturned by a subsequent order. Choose one – jail or DNA Test. We recommend the legal DNA test for peace of mind then making support payments based on the truth.

8. Seizure of paycheck

Refusal to pay child support can lead to garnishment or seizure of your paycheck. This begs the question “what happens if the man learns he is not the father”? Generally, the truth about paternity is irrelevant in some states as long as a child support order is in place. Sometimes the man has agreed to paternity and signed a confession before obtaining a DNA test and later discovers paternity is zero percent. The man is apt to be shocked even more upon learning that his wages will continue to be garnished until there is a signed order to vacate or overturn. So, how does he afford legal representation while losing his paycheck? Suggestion: No DNA test, No paycheck.

7. Seizure of savings, checking and investment accounts

Since the paycheck can be seized as a child enforcement action in the United States, why stop there? Some men without paternity test results will be shocked to learn that financial institutions report the balances of your savings, checkings and investment accounts to state child support enforcement agencies. This reporting of your financial information is done without your knowledge or consent. Furthermore, there’s no notice to the account holder nor is consent required as part of the DataMatch Program. If there are arrears (verified or unverified), the balances from saving, checking and investment accounts can be seized without a court order to satisfy the balance. What if you discovered that you are not the father … years after signing a confession of paternity and refused to pay? “Take the money first, ask questions, second”. A word of caution for the wives and girlfriends (joint account holders) of men that believe they’re fathers of kids from ex-wife of ex-girlfriend.

6. Reporting to credit bureaus

Any child support arrears can be reported to the Credit Bureaus. This can lead to negative credit ratings that affect employment, insurance, credit, refinancing and obtaining loans. If DNA testing reveals that you are the father, never get behind on child support payments. Forget about borrowing money to settle the arrears after your score dips to 600. Boy, oh boy, taking that DNA paternity test versus losing your 795 Fico score is sounding like a good idea.

5. Seizure of state and federal tax refunds

What if you are not the father? Taking the paternity test is confirming the facts versus feelings. If you are the biological father or adopted father — no problem with seizing tax refunds to pay past due child support. A legal DNA paternity test for paternity could be quite useful in keeping your state and federal tax refunds. Another child support enforcement tool is to seize state and federal tax refunds from men and women ordered to pay child support for arrears. There goes the money!

4. Seizure of lottery winnings

Refusal or inability to pay the full ordered child support can lead to seizure of your lottery winnings. If you win enough money, you may see the child support and alimony increased due to material change in circumstances. The state lottery agencies share information about lottery winners with state child support agencies to collect arrears. If the man learns through DNA testing that he is not the father? Generally, the truth about paternity is irrelevant.

The lottery money is subject to seizure as long as a child support order is in place. If the winnings are substantial and there is an existing order, the child support agency may proceed with an action to increase the child support order.

3. Seizure of unemployment compensation

A DNA test for paternity could be useful in keeping or preventing the loss of unemployment compensation. As a child support enforcement tool to collect unpaid money from men and women ordered to pay child support, many states can seize unemployment benefits. Imagine being told, “That’s too bad about the layoff last month and you need the unemployment money to survive and look for work. No problem, we’ll release the order when the child support balance is paid in full. Next person in line … “. Taking that legal DNA paternity test before signing your name is sounding better and better.

1. No fault divorce

There can be no rational argument for equal rights and equal responsibilities when there is different treatment in court for adultery. If a DNA test reveals that a married man committed adultery because he is the father of his girlfriend’s child(ren) — he cannot say “my marriage license shields me from personal responsibility and child support to my girlfriend”. The adulterous wife can file for divorce on the fault grounds of adultery and pursue marital home, alimony, child support (if any adopted or biological kids).

The courts in some states like California, Texas, New York, Michigan and North Carolina treat the wife’s adultery differently by ducking the truth behind best interest of the child.

Essentially this means the wife is not responsible for her adultery when DNA paternity testing reveals that some or none of the children are her husband’s children. The adulterous wife can say judge “you cannot make my boyfriend pay child support, that is my husband’s job”.

In fact, many states support paternity fraud through imposing secret time limits and various legal procedures. For example California and Delaware have an unpublished two year time limit of challenging marital paternity from birth. If the secret can be hidden from the husband for 2 years and a day then file for “No Fault Divorce”, dump the husband, keep the family home, keeps his cash by alimony and child support then move the children’s father into the home. Try and imagine losing your home in a “No Fault Divorce” after DNA testing reveals those are her boyfriend’s kids, she is not going to let you see those kids and she is marrying the boyfriend to move him into your house.

Moral of the story: Confirm paternity at birth, before the second birthday and before final divorce hearing.

As you can see from the list above, agreeing to paternity without legal DNA proof can be a risky situation. Fortunately, DNA paternity testing can assist people in the quest for truth by answering the question of “who is the father?” before agreeing or signing any kind of documents admitting to paternity of a child. The advances of technology in DNA testing can narrow the list of biological fathers to one man, except in situations where the alleged fathers or paternity candidates are identical twins.

Copyright (c) 2009, Carnell Smith

About Carnell Smith

Carnell Smith is a family man, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. His love of family propelled him from engineer to entrepreneur; from single parent to married with children and from a victim to veteran crusader for families, fairness and justice.

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  • James83

    Don’t forget that your DL needs to be valid so you can vote. So, in effect, this can affect a man’s voting privilege.

    • Hadrian

      You can get a voter ID card in most places, or provide alternate proof of identity. It is probably good to have a backup ID on hand even if you aren’t immediately facing this situation.

  • Mike Buchanan

    Good article. One of my political party’s proposals is compulsory paternity testing at birth. It’s believed as many as 30% of British children are being supported (financially and otherwise) by men who’ve been led to believe they’re the children’s biological fathers. Paternity fraud (attempted as well as realised) is a criminal offence in the UK. Not one British woman has ever been convicted of the crime.

    Mike Buchanan

    (and the women who love them)

    • East1956

      Mike, my recollection from UK Home Office data is that approximately 1 in 6 children are not the biological progeny of the named father. This became available I believe in the late 1990’s when parallel research was done in UK following statements made by Bone Marrow Transplant consultants in California having discovered that 1 in 5 children presented for treatment were not the progeny of the named father. In UK there was a rise in divorce proceeding where men challenged their obligations to support children conceived by their wives adultery.
      In the legislation regarding DNA testing in a late night sitting an amendment was added that stipulates that a man cannot independently of the mother or a court seek to obtain samples for DNA testing. (I believe Ms Harman was the architect of this) I understand that a man presenting a sample of his childs DNA to a lab for testing without the express permission of the mother is guilty of the crime of assault.
      Following this men sought court orders to carry out DNA testing. However the Family Courts ruled that even if a husband & named father could prove through DNA testing that the child/ren were not his he could not relinquish responsibility for them as the named father unless the court deemed it was in the child’s interest.
      In UK either parent in a marriage may register the birth of a child and assert the parenthood of the other without any formal corroboration. There is a presumption in law that a husband is the biological father of any children conceived.

      • Mike Buchanan

        Thanks for the info. The foremost expert on paternity fraud in the UK is Professor Mark Bellis, the co-author of a report in 2005 which collated data from a number of countries including the US and the UK (link below). He tells me there’s been nothing significant published since. States REALLY don’t want men to know this stuff!

      • Mike Buchanan

        I’ll do a Freedom of Information Act inquiry to check out the issues you raise, in particular that in unilaterally seeking a paternity test a man could be guilty of assault.

  • Dean Esmay

    Welcome to AVfM, Carnell.

    I look forward to hearing your talk in Detroit.

  • Tunga

    Some very good reasons for securing a paternity test.

    Just curious though, the write up for number 2 “Seizure of your car, truck, motorcycle” seems to have been omitted.

  • Hadrian

    My #1 reason for paternity testing: I want to know with certainty that they are my children, just as she does.

  • gretz

    The hospital always, *always* asks you when you’re with the mother, and usually when the family is all packed in the recovery room, too.

    Incredible pressure to say “nah, why would I not trust her?”, or risk a huge fight. Hospitals don’t want the drama, so they do this to avoid a confrontation in the hospital.

  • roarkroar

    how come it is not mandatory nationwide for men to take a DNA test BEFORE signing the birth certificate? Also if a woman is going to collect child support there must be a certificate which contains a match for the father and said baby…pretty self evident right? so how come it does not exist nation, world wide?

    • Mike Buchanan

      In the UK the Child Support Agency is charged with extracting money from men reluctant to pay child support. Year after year the CSA learns of 500+ cases of paternity fraud after men demand paternity tests, and thereby prove they’re not the children’s biological fathers (my hunch is the majority of men naively take their partners’ word that they’re the fathers, unless there’s something physical about the baby that suggests something might be amiss. The women in question aren’t prosecuted for the crime of attempted paternity fraud because the judicial system deems there to be no ‘public interest’ – in other words it would cost more to prosecute the women, and maybe incarcerate them, than it would simply to add another single mother to the army of them dependent on long-suffering taxpayers. In the UK, men pay 72% of the income tax receipts, women only 28%. I never tire of citing those stats..

    • toothless

      because it is detrimental for women right to have a child whenever she want to and have whoever she feel will be most reliable to pay for it

      • Mike Buchanan

        … and states couldn’t possibly raise enough taxes to support the vast numbers of children who are supported financially and otherwise by men who’ve been tricked into believing they’re the children’s biological fathers.

  • VAWAVictim

    Also, in even the non-liberal gun grabber states if you are allegedly in arrears on child support they take away your second amendment rights.

  • Billybobownway

    These are all reasons for a ban on paternity testing.

    In Canada and I believe in the EU it is clear government policy that men are financially obligated for the support of any children they are in any way associated with. The legal term is “in loco parentis”. (the nearest male target).

    Until this policy is reversed there is no rationale for paternity testing. Paternity is irrelevant under the current laws.

    • Mike Buchanan

      A ban on paternity testing? WTF? As a Brit it’s not a term I use often, obviously. It might even be illegal here.

      In Canada a man was jailed for the vanishingly rare crime of attempted maternity fraud, as we reported (link below). It’s worth reading the piece if only to catch a stunning display of double standards by Justice David Farrar:

      ‘In loco parentis’ means ‘in the place of a parent’, so for example a teacher will be in this position when responsible for children.

      In the UK at least a man isn’t financially responsible for a child at birth if he’s not the father, but he can be forced to financially support a child after a relationship breakdown with the child’s mother if he’s supported the child beforehand – regardless of whether or not he’s the biological father, and whether or not he knew of his non-paternity before the breakdown. That’s my understanding, anyway.

      Compulsory paternity testing at birth, and both parents being told the results face-to-face at the same time, is the only way to bring an end to these OUTRAGEOUS attacks on men’s interests. Let’s get real. And it would cost less than £100 to do the tests – probably a LOT less – and individual men would be spared the cost of supporting another man’s child for 18+ years. Of course he’d still pay as a taxpayer, but that would be a tiny sum by comparison.

      • Billybobownway

        I am speaking about the current state of Canadian law, not what I would like to see.
        Under our current laws biological paternity has no relevance. Testing would have no bearing in court.
        Yes, “in loco parentis” has broad application. A grandparent, uncle, other relative or benevolent non-relative can be deemed to be “in loco parentis” and ordered to pay support. I know a grandfather who is providing a suite in his apartment building for his grandchildren and their mother. He could be ordered to pay support if the mother made application. If his son was unable to pay he would be next in line. These applications are rare but the law supports it.
        Please don’t take this to mean that I am in favour of the current laws. I am not.

        • Billybobownway

          There is an example in BC case law where a business partner was found to be ‘in loco parentis”. The woman and her children lived in a suite in the commercial bulding of the failed venture while the property was being sold. This was deemed to be contributing to the support of the children and an order was granted.

        • Billybobownway

          Sorry, I have over-stated this.
          The in loco parent also has to have lived in the same dwelling with the mother for 2 years.

  • maninazi

    Paternity sexual harassment. Read this story ——————————————————————–
    you are so right. I had 6 women hit on me at a job back in the late 90’s. All of them made a pass with in a 2 week period. I turned down the first 3 because they smoked so I reject them. The next because she was too short and red neck voice. I rejected her. This one did not smoke. At this point, I was getting disturbed as to why this was suddenly occurring from women who had never talked to me before this. I had two more hit on me and turned them down and getting paranoid. The stories form them got better like not smoking as a quality. Eight months later they were handing out W4’s and the the six females who had long quit came in. They were all pregnant. To exact a few weeks from popping and I asked each of them when I saw them ” how many months” . I look back to see how long ago it was they had made passes at me. It turned out all six were about 2 to 3 weeks pregnant at the time according to the calendar when they made a pass at me, Talk about the ultimate case of sexual harassment on a man.

  • Michael Sharron

    This is just a cautionary note that needs to be out there. If you ask for a paternity test, for many judges it is a sign that you are hoping the child is not yours. And if the child is yours, asking for a paternity test prior can be taken as a parent who is now asking for equal parentage when weeks ago you weren’t even sure and likely hoping the child wasn’t yours.

    This cautionary note came from my lawyer.

  • Tom Golden

    Carnell great to have you here. For those of you who don’t know him, Carnell has some stories to tell about men’s work, the judiciary, the legislatures and the media. Carnell is one of the few of us out here who have actually won some important battles over the laws of the land. He has been on many media spots including Dr Phil where he successfully debated Gloria Allred. Bring it on Carnell! Welcome.

  • Billy

    I got a paternity test done when the boy was 4 years old. I had a fling with a woman who had a bf. I was only 23 and a pretty girl wanted to have sex with me, so being young and stupid I was like hell yeah at the time. Well after having unprotected sex 5 times with her we went our separate ways. 2 years later I ran into her at a store, I could tell there was something weighing on her mind but we didn’t speak to each other. She called me a week later and told she had son roughly 9 months after we were together and she didn’t know if I or her bf was the father. She sent me pics of the boy on msn messenger, I couldn’t tell if he was mine or not just by looking at him but there were some similarities. She told me that her bf has been the father over the past two years so she didn’t want me to have anything to do with him and that there will be no paternity test but felt I should know of the possibility. So I agreed at the time due to a drinking problem I had to get help with and not wanting to bring the boy around it. A year and a half later in 2007 I finally got help and have been sober since. About 6 months after getting sober I contacted the woman and told her I wanted a paternity test done. She was pissed off at first, I was thinking you waited 2 years to tell me he could mine and now I want to know if he is and your mad? I told her if she told me when the boy born that he could be mine and we got the test done then, none of this would be going on right now. In the end she reluctantly agreed. Waiting for the results was probably the longest two weeks of my life. The stress of getting a lawyer and the long it would take to see the boy, if he was mine, was taking toll on me. When I got the results, immediate relief! 0% probability that he was mine. It worked for the best for everyone in the end. I’m not the type of guy to let some other guy raise my son as his own and would of fought to see him but I was thrilled at how it all worked out.

  • Carnell Smith

    HI Guys, thanks for the welcome and well wishes. I look forward to meet you in Detroit.

    I just completed a Paternity Fraud feature for a special show in Japan after a famous
    actor discovered that he is a member of the “Duped Dads club (DDC)”.

    Please warn our military men about getting married just because of hearing “I’m pregnant”.

    We are trying to prevent men and boys from becoming members of the DD club.

    The best way to avoid a trap is start with teaching our guys that “a trap does exist”
    that is baited with the nefarious “Ms. Cupcake”.

    Carnell Smith aka Man4Justice
    If the Genes don’t fit, you must acquit!

  • oaksavanna

    You know what else could prevent the loss of all this stuff is 1) use a condom 2) keep it in your pants unless you are married 3) choosing a wife based on character not looks alone

    • Astrokid

      I keep telling people that we should make Day After Pill and abortion illegal except for medical emergencies, and tell women to 1) Use regular contraception 2) Keep their legs closed unless they are married 3) choose a man based on character and not bad-boyishness alone

    • Natural Harmonia

      You realize people lie right?

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