Dear Amy: I am the father of four sons, divorced from their alcoholic mother 17 years ago when the boys were very young. All of my sons are now in their 20s.
Shortly after my divorce, I learned from a good friend of my ex that she began her long streak of infidelities within the first year of our marriage.
I was aware during my marriage that she was “spending time” with male co-workers, including one man in particular, during a period of time which coincides with the conception of one of my sons.
This particular son does not resemble his brothers. His physical characteristics strongly resemble the male co-worker that I suspect his mom was having a relationship with. I have questioned for years whether I am his biological father.
For both his sake and mine, and for numerous other reasons, I have considered discussing this with him or getting DNA testing done.
I cannot discuss this with my sons’ mom, because I will never get the truth.
Is it wrong to discuss this with my son and/or get DNA tests to confirm or deny my biological connection to him?
What is your advice?
Heartsick in the Heartland
Dear Heartsick: It isn’t necessarily wrong to try to discuss this issue with your son, but if you do, you should prepare yourself for a wide range of reactions from him — from possible relief to rejection.
You should closely examine all of your motives for wanting to determine his DNA.
This sort of DNA revelation can be extremely destabilizing, not only for an individual, but for the entire family system — including his relationship with his mother and his three brothers.
I always advocate for an individual’s right to know the truth about their DNA, but for your son, having this question imposed upon him by a parent — versus his choice to investigate on his own — could be very tough for him. (And if you make this allegation and you two are proven to be biologically related, what then?)
I suggest that you have your own DNA tested. See where that effort takes you. If your adult sons have already had their own DNA tested, your family connection (or lack of connection) might be revealed through the testing database.
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