Working for a company that does paternity testing, you can imagine that the Maury Povich “Who’s your daddy” topic often comes up. We have all seen the episode where they bring out the woman and she is absolutely sure that its one of two men that are the father of her child. When the results are revealed that neither are the father, the men begin to dance, the woman begins to cry and the crowd cheers as if they were at the circus.
At first, there is the tendency by most people to join the mob and participate in the amusement of the whole scene. But when we take a second and step back and look at the situation as a whole, we realize that these are people lives that we are talking about and that the results of the test are so much more than a cheap way to entertain a crowd.
Over the years, I have witnessed a lot of stories about people using paternity testing, sibling testing and other forms of DNA testing to find out who they are and who they are or are not related to. Entertaining a crowd is not usually on the list of reasons why someone wants to take a test.
Most often, the reasons for getting the test revolve around peace of mind and knowing the truth. And the interesting thing about knowing the truth is that it helps people make decisions. Once they have the facts, people are able to make the decision that affect the rest of their lives. Whether that decision is to connect with the father you never knew, to meet the 6 siblings you didn’t know you had, to continue school now that you know the baby isn’t yours, or to continue paying child support even after finding out you are NOT the biological father because you care about the child( I have seen this happen), knowing the truth always seems to make those decisions easier.