In the long-running game show, To Tell The Truth, three men claiming to be the same man (one of the three being the actual man), would stand in front of a panel of celebrities for questioning. After a series of sensational (but true) statements were read, the questions would begin.
At the end of the show each celebrity would vote for who they suspected the real “Alan Freed”, for example, was. Once the votes were cast, the host would say a line you may be familiar with (minus the name itself):
“Will the real Alan Freed please stand up?”
At which point the real man in question would stand up, either affirming conjecture as true or surprising everyone with the results.
As much fun as the game show may have been to watch, fortunately these days we have much more precise methods of getting the bottom of who a child’s real father is with modern paternity cases.
The intent of a paternity investigation is to verify (or discover) whether or not a child is truly the offspring of the particular man in question. In most cases, the investigation is set in motion when another person (typically the mother of the child) requests a DNA test for proof that the purported father really is the father. This, of course, has legal ramifications concerning the rights of the father.
WHY A WOMAN SHOULD REQUEST A PATERNITY TEST
A woman in need of monetary assistance in raising the child may consider going through the process of requesting paternity tests. Proving paternity may ensure that the mother receives financial assistance she needs to raise the child. These needs can be the basic needs of everyday life or even help with medical bills. Concomitantly, the proof of paternity could result in the parents receiving joint custody, in which both the mother and father would have equal authority in raising the child.
WHY A MAN SHOULD REQUEST A PATERNITY TEST
With these issues in mind, a man who is interested in settling visitation rights and child custody issues may also be interested in requesting a paternity test. In cases where the child’s father is not known or paternity is in question, Oklahoma courts may not award visitation or custody to the man. Men interested in pursuing this course of action should know that, once confirmed, he could have strict financial obligations to the child.
IN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS
In divorce proceedings (especially when infidelity possibly occurred), putting together a parenting plan that both agree on can be an emotionally taxing task. Paternity testing may help clarify pertinent issues.
THE RIGHT LEGAL HELP FOR PATERNITY MATTERS IN OKC
If you are in a position where you need to know the father of a child, it is important that you have the right counsel to walk you through what could be an emotionally taxing process.
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