DNA paternity testing is the test which proves or disproves the biological relationship between an alleged father and an offspring. Now, for purposes of contesting wills, legal battles and estate disputes, DNA Paternity Testing, is not only done by skeptical alleged fathers but by the offspring as well. When so much is at stake, nothing beats the biological fingerprint to determine, prove or disprove claims, dispel doubt and achieve peace of mind.
However, whether father or offspring, not all who want to undergo DNA paternity testing actually perform the test. Post why? So many aspects of the procedure, and so many questions regarding the proper way to go about DNA paternity testing still remain unanswered. And the most common question involved in a DNA paternity testing that is initiated by the offspring is this: Do I need my mother's consent to undergo the test? Do I need the consent of the mother? In the case of the child, considering how a mother might feel about being question by her child as to the true identity of his or her father, a mother can feel slighted. And in the case of an alleged father who want to initiate the DNA paternity test, the mother of the child might be unwilling to give the consent. Thus, many offspring and fathers wanting to undergo DNA paternity guide simply refrain from undergoing the test and forever remain doubtful about the truth for the rest of their lives. Certainly, not a very healthy way to live.
To answer the question, consent from the mother to undergo a DNA paternity test depends on the place you are in. In some states and in some countries, Code of Ethics require the consent of the mother except:
1. The child wanting to undergo the DNA paternity test is over 16 years of age. In this case, the child himself or herself will be the one to give his or her own consent on the matter.
2. The mother of the child is already deceased, which in this case, should be duly indicated in the consent form.