Virtual Library of Newspaper Articles - 2002

The whole truth about paternity testing

The National Post, David Menzies,Saturday, August 24, 2002

While Jerry Springer, Maury Povitch and other trashy television shows would be lost without the "outing" of fatherhood identities of various trailer-park guests, not all paternity testing is the same.

Wayne Murray, a manager at Maxxam Analytics in Guelph, Ont., says the majority of laboratories conducting paternity testing in Canada are unaccredited. "The only way to ensure quality is through accreditation," he says, adding the official sanctioning of Maxxam's laboratories by the Standards Council of Canada costs "thousands of dollars each year."

The high cost of obtaining accreditation is likely why some labs are not embracing the process -- especially since they are not required to do so by law.

The paternity testing process is relatively simple. DNA analysis can be performed from a simple cheek-swab sample using a soft instrument resembling a Q-tip. Results of the test are typically released within 10 days.

While most paternity tests cost about $600, some labs -- typically those that are unaccredited -- charge as little as $425 to do the job.

A test can be undertaken on an alleged father and child only, although the cost of the test is about the same as testing mother, father and child because additional sampling is usually needed when father and child are tested to obtain a conclusive result.

Paternity also can also be established by testing both paternal grandparents when the father is not available.

Some companies, such as San Jose, Calif.-based GeneTree DNA Testing Center offer do-it-yourself "personal paternity tests" starting at US$225.

While GeneTree states on its Web site that the accuracy and reliability of its at-home test is "greater than 99.99%," Mr. Murray warns that home-conducted tests are not admissible as evidence in a court of law.

To eliminate the possibility of fraud, a Maxxam lab employee photographs a father as he provides a sample.

Mr. Murray says that some men required to undertake paternity testing have gone to great lengths, such as sending friends or relatives purporting to be the alleged father, in order to sabotage the test. To ensure the right individual is tested, the photograph is presented to the mother for verification.

"About 75% of the time, the mother is pointing the finger at the right person," Mr. Murray says.

Val Ambrosino, a family law lawyer at Toronto-based Torkin Manes Cohen Arbus LLP, says the accuracy rate of a modern paternity test is "almost 100% ... it [paternity test] is referred to as an 'absolute certainty,' " he says.

Mr. Ambrosino says a court typically mandates a paternity test when a woman asserts a man is the biological father of her child. If the man disputes this claim, the test is ordered, with the man usually picking up the tab.

Mother, father and child are required for the most accurate tests.

Still, when asked why there are no government regulations requiring laboratories to be accredited, Mr. Murray responds: "That's a good question."

When paternity is to be established in immigration cases, Citizenship and Immigration Canada mandates the use of accredited labs only, he says.

Mr. Murray says a botched paternity test can lead to aggravation and heartbreak. A bungled test can also prove financially draining if the mother must embark on a search for the father.

While it is unknown what the error rate is with paternity tests conducted by unaccredited labs, Mr. Murray says there have been documented cases of fathers "falsely excluded" because of mix-ups at labs by testers. Bottom line, he says, is that for a test "so potentially important," clients need to choose a lab based on more than price alone.

Copyright 2002 National Post

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Infidelity Causes Paternity Fraud

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Infidelity--It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

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South Korean Husband Win Paternity Fraud Lawsuit - Associated Press

South Korean Husband Wins Paternity Fraud Lawsuit

Associated Press, USA
June 1, 2004

South Korean husband successfully sues wife for Paternity Fraud and gets marriage annulled.  Wins $42,380 in compensation   Read More ..

Paternity Fraud Philippines

DNA paternity test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge | Visayan Daily Star Newspaper | Phillipines

DNA test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge

The Visayan Daily Star, Bacolod City, Philippines, BY CARLA GOMEZ, February 28, 2009

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Ray Alan Drilon has annulled the marriage of a Negrense couple after a DNA test showed that the child borne by the wife was not the biological offspring of the husband who works abroad.

The family court judge ruled that the marriage of the couple, whose names are being withheld by the DAILY STAR on the request of the court, was null and void.

Due to fraud committed by the wife in getting her overseas worker husband to marry her, properties acquired during their marriage are awarded in favor of the husband, the judge said in his decision, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday.

The judge also declared that since the overseas worker is not the biological, much less the legitimate father of the child of the woman, the Civil Registrar is ordered to change the surname of the child to the mother's maiden name and remove the name of the plaintiff as father of the child.

The complainant said he was working as an electronics engineer in the United Arab Emirates and on his return to the Philippines in 2001, his girlfriend of 10 years with whom he had sex, showed him a pregnancy test result showing that she was pregnant.

On receiving the news he was overjoyed and offered to marry her. Shortly after he went to Saudi Arabia to work, and his wife gave birth to a baby girl in the same year.

The birth of the child only five months after their marriage puzzled him but his wife told him that the baby was born prematurely, so he believed her, the husband said. Read More ..

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.

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Infidelity 'is natural'

BBC, U.K., September 25, 1998

Females 'stray to gather the best possible genes for their offspring'

Infidelity may be natural according to studies that show nine out of 10 mammals and birds that mate for life are unfaithful.

Experts found animals that fool around are only following the urges of biology.

New studies using genetic testing techniques show that even the most apparently devoted of partners often go in search of the sexual company of strangers.

Females stray to gather the best possible genes for their offspring, while males are driven to father as many and as often as possible.

"True monogamy actually is rare," said Stephen T Emlen, an expert on evolutionary behaviour at Cornell University.