Thursday, 12 May 2016
Paternity Testing and removing father's name from birth certificate
Q: Hi, for seven years, I was made to believe that I was the father of a child, but I have doubts. What can I do?
A: The first step is to have a paternity test done. One place to get it done is:
Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre
Barbados Road, Federation Park
St Clair, Port of Spain
Tel: +1 868 622-1011 or 622-2167
The cost as of now is $500 per swab. So, as father, that’s $1000 (baby and yourself). The test involves Macroscopic and DNA analyses.
· If the tests prove that you are not the father and your name is not on the birth certificate, you’re fine.
· If the tests prove that you are not the father and your name is on the birth certificate, you will have to visit an Attorney to apply for a court order to have it removed (important to have done).
Based on my experience in the legal profession, I would advise any man with just an ounce of doubt to get this test done.