When a wife gives birth to a child it is determined that her husband is the baby’s father. This is called presumption of paternity, that means that as a result of marriage a man is assumed to be the biological father of the child without additional evidences. Paternity means fatherhood and it can be established in two ways:
- by voluntarily signing the Acknowledgment of Paternity
- by petitioning the court to determine paternity
In the case when the court should determine the biological father of the child, the mother, the child and the presumed father should submit to certain genetic tests. This is usually the DNA testing, where the genetic material of the child is compared against the man’s DNA. This type of testing has the accuracy rate of greater than 99%.