Legal Paternity DNA Test
WHAT IS PATERNITY TESTING?
A Paternity DNA Test can determine whether or not the tested man is the biological father of the child in question. In our case, this procedure involves collecting and comparing the DNA found inside the cheek cells taken from a sample of saliva from both the child and the suspected father.
HOW IS A LEGAL PATERNITY TEST DIFFERENT FROM AN AT-HOME PATERNITY TEST?
The biggest differences between the two tests are than an at-home Paternity Test does not require proof of identity where a Legal Paternity Test all participants must identify themselves with state or federal identification (driver license, passport, or birth certificates for young children) and have a picture taken at the time of testing.
Legal DNA testing has a very different sample collection process compared to at-home paternity testing. Legal and AABB guidelines require that everyone involved in the court admissible DNA testing process have their DNA collected by an impartial third party. This can be done at facilities such as a medical office, health clinic, or a hospital.
Legal paternity testing also follows a strict chain of custody and sample collection procedure, as well as different shipping and handling methods than non-legal testing.
WHEN SHOULD I GET A LEGAL PATERNITY TEST?
A Legal Paternity Test is most often needed when dealing with matter of the court. Things such as a mandated court order or when applying to make changes to child support, child custody, changes to a birth certificate, and other legal matters.
GET THE LEGAL DOCUMENTATION YOU NEED
After receipt at our laboratory, results will be finished and your paternity report will ready and be sent to you within 2-3 business days after receipt in our lab.
Child Support, Adoption, Child Custody, Court Orders, adding a name to a Birth Certificate are common reasons for a Legal DNA Paternity test.
*Immigration DNA Testing is a separate process than both Home and Legal DNA, both in process and sample collection.