In France and Germany, any paternity testing without a court order is banned, due to fears that more families could be broken by divorce if all fathers were given access to them. Fathers sometimes circumvent these laws by sending samples of DNA to foreign labs, but risk prosecution if caught.France and Germany have even elected leaders who are living in sin:
“In France, a first lady has no status, and therefore she isn’t supposed to do anything else,” Ms. Trierweiler said. “My perception of life is not to ask François Hollande, who isn’t the father of my children, to support me financially.” ...Some googling turned up some companies that will do DNA tests in France for the purpose of documenting a relationship for USA immigrations compliance. But apparently a child has no right to know who his genetic father is.
Mr. Hollande and Ms. Trierweiler are the first unmarried couple to occupy the presidential Élysée Palace together, following close on the heels of the new president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, whose live-in companion is also a journalist. That these arrangements were no bar to office is a sign of how European attitudes about families have changed.
In the USA, DNA paternity tests, with the resultant humiliations, are done on daytime TV talk shows. There is even an upcoming TV show, Paternity Court specializing in such tests.
The DNA tests are so cheap and reliable that I assumed that I assumed that they would eventually become mandatory for putting a dad's name on a birth certificate. But maybe there will be opposition from places with a lot of slutty women like France, and from lesbians and others who don't believe in paternity.