The paternity of a child is a very serious matter that should be determined not only for the lawful purpose of acquiring support from a non-custodial parent, etc., but also for medical purposes associated with determining the genetic composition of the parent in question.
Knowing the medical history of a parent in question could ultimately prove life-salvaging and sustaining at some point. Accordingly, there should be very little margin for error when conducting paternity tests, which should always be opened and performed in the presence and viewing of tested parties.
Paternity tests should be and should remain sealed prior to use (the way that an official collegiate transcript should remain sealed prior to receipt and opening by an addressed recipient), and they should not be purchased or used when a seal is broken. There should also be additional measures for determining whether or not the tests are defective, or have been tampered with…
Traditionally, extracted DNA samples are sent to laboratories for testing, and results are disbursed within a few days to a week. During those processes results can be compromised or accidentally switched, however; and they likely have been in many instances, including on some embarrassing occasions where parties have had results read on highly rated televised programs…
All individuals who have been subject to traditional DNA tests should be subject to re-testing at the request of either parent/guardian, parent in question, or other relevant parties.
This should be the case particularly where a parent or parent in question indicates the probability of a defective test, or that there are or are not other possible parents for a child in question.
Because the paternity of a child can be an emotional and sometimes dangerous ordeal, parties, including those who have purchased personal paternity tests, should have the opting to perform the tests in a secure setting.
A secure setting could include a designated medical facility, a child support office, or any other authorized locality, with all designated agents witnessing the instantaneous results with the tested parties.
Third Party Witnesses for Documentation Verification Purposes
Paternity tests should be performed before third party witnesses who would produce documentation verifying/authenticating test results.
Paternity tests performed on talk shows should also be performed in the presence of tested parties, and preferably with the cameras rolling before onset and televised audiences.
Instant results on paternity tests should be just as practical as instantaneous pregnancy test results or instant results acquired from other home medical testing kits. Considering that they are returned so quickly, the results of traditional paternity tests very likely are instantaneous.
Performing paternity tests in the presence of tested parties, and the re-testing of parties in question where traditional paternity tests have been performed would remove all doubt as to the paternity of the tested parties.
It would, perhaps, in many instances, indubitably pinpoint biological fathers from among already and erroneously tested individuals, and corroborate, with certainty, in other instances that named and/or tested fathers in fact are.