Out Of Wedlock Birth Rate On the Rise

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With out of wedlock birth rates in the US on the rise Any Lab Test Now® offers legally-admissible paternity tests that can be used in a court of law. The test results can also be used as evidence needed to complete a birth certificate or Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, or add a child to a father’s medical or social security benefits program. “In 2008, a record 41% of births in the United States were to unmarried women, up from 28% in 1990. The share of births that are non-marital is highest for black women (72%), followed by Hispanics (53%), whites (29%) and Asians (17%), but the increase over the past two decades has been greatest for whites—the share rose 69%”, according to The New Demography of American Women.

In the U.S., the hospital must provide the unmarried mother and alleged father of a newborn child the opportunity to acknowledge paternity, usually at the time the birth certificate is completed. A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) is a legal document through which paternity, or legal fatherhood, is established. Acknowledging paternity is important because the child benefits from both parents – financially, supportively and emotionally. Some of these benefits include social security, veteran's benefits, disability, health care coverage and inheritance. If the alleged father is not certain he is the biological father of the child, he should not sign the acknowledgement form without further proof. Instead, he should immediately get a paternity test. Time is a critical factor from a social aspect, from the new father and his family trying to decide whether or not to bond with the new baby, to taking away doubt that further complicates the relationship between the mother and father, and consequently affects the child.

Any Lab Test Now® offers a variety of DNA tests. There are two DNA paternity tests available.    Those who are just curious can choose an Informational Paternity Test. This test gives an accurate determination (with 99% or more certainty) of who the child’s biological father is. However, this test is not legally admissible in a court of law and cannot be used as evidence for other legal paperwork. The courts and other entities that require formal documentation will require a legally-admissible paternity test. “Legally-admissible” means that proper chain-of-custody protocols have been followed from the time of sample collection through release of test results. DNA samples are collected by an impartial third party. The individuals tested are positively identified by presenting a government issued ID and all samples are carefully tracked and matched to each test participant throughout the entire testing process. The collection process consists of collecting saliva mixed with skin cells from the inside cheek of the mouth, using special swabs. At Any Lab Test Now® paternity test collections can be completed within minutes, with no appointment necessary.

“There can be nothing more frustrating for new parents than waiting for an answer,” stated Terri McCulloch, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “I have been working with people who need answers to their paternity questions since the late 1990s. They’ve shared two things that matter most – the time between deciding to get a test and getting the results, and the emotions these parents go through before they have an answer. We must have a fast and supportive process for them.”

Founded in 1992, Any Lab Test Now® is the first direct-access lab testing facility with over 100 locations nationwide. As the U.S. healthcare industry continues to shift, Any Lab Test Now® is well-positioned as the only company that offers a unique, customer centric lab testing experience. In April 2010, it was named the second-fastest growing franchise in the United States by Franchise Times magazine.


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