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How do paternity tests tie into matters of divorce?

As a father living in Michigan who's currently dealing with a divorce, you have multiple matters to focus on. For example, you may be handling issues revolving around child support or custody. In that case, getting a paternity test done may work to your benefit.

According to BRT Laboratories, INC, there are many different reasons to take a paternity test. If you're in a situation in which you want to maintain custody of your child, then you will need legal proof that you are indeed the child's biological father. If you aren't, custody won't be granted to you. It can also make a difference in matters like handling child support, since only biological parents are bound by law to pay.

Visitation rights can even be impacted by claims made by a spouse that you aren't the father of their child. If you find yourself facing claims like this, taking a paternity test can be the only way to clear up the matter. Finally, these tests can help you with matters of inheritance or life insurance. As a father, you want to make sure your child will be provided for even after you pass. Unfortunately, they might not be able to access inheritance or life insurance if they aren't legally proven to be your biological child.

Navigating matters of paternity can be tricky. If you wish to establish paternity for one of the aforementioned reasons, or for reasons that haven't been mentioned, consider talking to an experienced attorney who can help you decide what you want to do.

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