The structure of the family unit has changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years. More and more women are having babies outside of wedlock, and need to seek a paternity test to establish certain legal right and benefits for their children. In the case of married couples, infidelity is often a factor that raises the question of paternity as well. Whatever the scenario, paternity testing is a quick and easy way for illegitimate children to receive financial support for their care and gives them the chance to bond with their biological fathers and relatives through custody arrangements. It also gives peace of mind to the mother and her children having the facts on paper.
When public officials have children outside of wedlock, the matter of paternity can be an extremely awkward situation for them and the mothers involved due to how it affects their public image. President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay has faced the issue of paternity for the fourth time, officially claiming a ten-year-old son as his child by Narcisa de la Cruz de Zarate. However, President Lugo has possibly more children with different mothers. Benigno Leguizamon, who has renewed her former claim that Fernando Lugo is the father of her twelve-year-old son is now pending with paternity test results from the supreme court, but Benigno Leguizamon is confident that she will be vindicated in this matter once and for all.
As is the case with many women, delaying a paternity test can cause a whirlpool of problems for them down the line the longer they wait—both financially and emotionally—especially as their children grow older. The ideal situation for any woman who wants to confirm who the father of her children is is to do so as soon as the baby is born. Being proactive about getting a paternity test serves as a legal protection for the mother and her offspring by either establishing or eliminating her current or past sexual partners from paternal responsibility when children are born.