The only caveat I would give you about this is that men who are purchasing a paternity test MAY already be suspicious about who the father is of their child. Of course, even if that made up the entirety of the men buying paternity tests in Britain, those would still be staggering numbers.
Sales of ‘secret’ paternity tests are surging, according to suppliers of DIY home kits.
The DNA tests, which can be carried out with simple cheek swabs, are leading to growing numbers of men discovering they are not the biological father of children they had been led to believe were theirs.
AlphaBiolabs, the leading British home test supplier, says up to 30,000 paternity tests are being performed in this country every year – and that the figures are rising by ten per cent per year.
‘Of these, around 20 per cent of men will learn they are not the father of the child they are testing,’ says the company’s director, David Thomas. He added that in some regions the figure is higher, including the North East, where it is 30 per cent.
Given that the second that you are named as the father of a child, you are on the hook for taking care of that kid for 18 years, I think EVERY child should have a paternity test at birth before a father is officially designated. Since that law isn’t in place (and may never be) and you can check it yourself without your wife finding out, should you do it? I think that’s a personal decision, but if you do have some doubts and you are willing to deal with the momentous potential fallout, then I’d say “go for it.” If you can spend a few hundred dollars to put your mind at rest or get definitive proof that your wife isn’t faithful, it’s worth it.