More Greek Men, Women Too, Seeking Paternity Test Proof

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ATHENS – Worried about who the father is, more men – and some women – are seeking tests to find the paternity of a child, asking Greek DNA labs to confirm it.

A forensic expert who spoke to Kathimerini said the labs are getting an increasing number of requests for tests.

“Very often it concerns children that have been born out of wedlock and men want to know it is really theirs before recognizing them,” Dr. Leda Kovatsi, Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and head of the DNA Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) told the paper.

“We also have requests from spouses who have doubts about one of their children. We had a father who had three children out of wedlock, and while he was sure about the first two, he had doubts about the third,” she explained.

Kovatsi said January and February are the lab’s busiest months. “Yes, paternity tests are a seasonal product. Over the holidays, families meet and they stir up doubts and old disagreements. Nobody bothers us in the summer,” she said.