How And Why You Should NIPP The Paternity Question In The Bud When Planning Out A Pregnancy

Determining who the father of your unborn child is can be an immensely important issue in any pregnancy, especially those that involve younger mothers who might not have been anticipating a pregnancy beforehand. Until fairly recently, the issue of determining paternity was one that was left until the child was born, with the woman often left in the dark for the entire pregnancy about the identity of the father. Modern genetics, however, make it possible to determine paternity very early using a series of tests generally called NIPP, or "non-invasive prenatal paternity" tests. Here's how and why you should use one of these tests to determine the paternity of your child early on in the pregnancy, which can have profound legal, social, and emotional implications. 


The prevailing method of determining paternity through a NIPP test is by collecting a blood sample from the mother of the child and the anticipated father(s). Then, DNA from the child that exists naturally in the mother's blood is purified and compared to DNA from the man's DNA to determine who is the father. These tests are far safer for mother and child than older prenatal paternity tests that carried with them the chance of a miscarriage. Also, these tests are 99.9% accurate, so they're a very reliable way to determine the paternity of your child early. 


There are obvious emotional and social implications for wanting to know who is the father of your unborn child, but perhaps most pressing are the legal implications of these findings. The father of the child will be responsible for child support when the child is born, and it's far easier to have this conversation before the child is born than after, since then the father will be able to prepare for his financial role in the child's life. 

Pertaining to abortion, a father is not required to approve of an abortion, but the father is also not allowed to commit a "financial abortion," or refuse paying for a child to be born and live if he does not approve of the progression of the pregnancy. Pertaining to adoption, a father is allowed to object to adoption if a woman wants to give a child up for adoption, so it can be important for a man who suspects himself to be the father to establish paternity before the decision to give a child up for adoption can be made. To find out more, speak with someone like Haslam & Perri LLP.