A recent survey by YouGov has revealed some interesting results about paternity.
On average, 8% of fathers are unsure about whether that are actually the biological parent of their children. It is unsurprising, maybe, that there is less uncertainty in older fathers but surprisingly there are also some geographical differences. This is also the case in relation to mothers. Here in the North West, 6% of mothers are unsure as to the paternity of their children – twice the national average. In the North East, 16% of fathers, the highest number in the UK, are unsure. If the father is divorced or not working they are twice as likely to be uncertain.
DNA paternity testing is now widely available on the internet. However, there are unfortunately some internet companies which are fraudulent and it is important to choose a reputable company and to comply with all of the appropriate testing procedures. Testing can be carried out easily and painlessly but sometimes an application to court is required to pursue this or to obtain a declaration of paternity.
The full results of the survey can be seen at www.DNATestingChoice.com
For further information on family and paternity issues, please contact a member of our Family team on 01625 442100.