If you have a son who believes he may have fathered a child, it can be very overwhelming for you as their parent. You may have become a grandparent, but you do not know for sure. For many people in this position, it is very frustrating because their child may not be taking the appropriate action in order to attempt to establish paternity.
Many people encourage their child to attempt to establish paternity through a DNA test. Potential fathers do have the right to request this by going to the courts if the mother of the child is not compliant. As a potential grandparent, you might wonder if you are able to establish whether you are related to the child through a DNA test.
Is it possible to conduct grandparent tests?
It is possible to conduct a DNA test on a potential grandparent to establish whether they are related to the child in question. This is most commonly conducted in order to establish the paternity of the child if the potential father is unwilling or unable to perform the test.
While the test is possible to conduct, it cannot be demanded by the court system, since grandparents do not have the inherent right to do so if the mother is unwilling to collaborate.
If a DNA test shows that the person is a biological grandparent, they will likely be able to gain visitation rights.
If you want to establish the paternity of an alleged grandchild, it is always best to start with communicating in an effective manner with the mother of the child.