Paternity DNA Questions
Why not choose a DNA test purchased over the counter?
The best answer is peace of mind. A frightening reality regarding home paternity tests is that there are not regulatory or accrediting agencies overseeing these tests in the laboratories that perform them. Second, sample collections errors are common. In some cases, samples may fail to produce a result due to contamination or improper collection, while in other cases, samples are mixed up during the collection process and produce erroneous or inconclusive results. Our skilled technicians have been properly trained in the collection and handling of samples to ensure accuracy of the test results. Finally, home tests kits are prone to misuse and fraud. Because there is no verifiable identification of tested parties or chain-of-custody of collected samples, participants can intentionally substitute samples of one person for those of another in order to obtain a desired result.
How soon will I receive my DNA lab test results?
Generally, you will receive your test results within 3 to 5 business days from the time the lab receives the samples. Tests completed after 4:00 PM are considered the next business day. If results take longer than 5 business days it is because of re-testing.
What is the accuracy for DNA Tests?
ccurate DNA Tests results are of the utmost importance when performing paternity testing. Paternity test results are normally expressed as 0 percent chance of parentage which confirms the alleged father IS NOT the father of the child or better than 99.99% chance of parentage confirming that the alleged father is indeed the father of the child. We utilize an AABB accredited laboratory for all DNA testing.
How is a Paternity Test performed?
A DNA sample collection is fast, easy, and painless. A Non-Invasive buccal swab is the most commonly used method today rather than blood sample collection. Advanced technology has enabled laboratories to obtain sufficient quantities of DNA from cheek DNA cells. A cotton swab, similar to a Q tip is rubbed on the inside of each cheek for about 30 seconds and then is placed into an envelope and courier expressed to the laboratory for the next day delivery and analysis. Paperwork is signed by all adult parties and submitted with the DNA samples to ensure samples are appropriately matched.
Do you need a court order to have a court admissible test performed?
No, a court order is not required. Anyone can schedule a court admissible DNA test. In fact, many individuals have court admissible testing performed for personal knowledge only. Remember, the results of a DNA test never expire. Although you may not need the results to be court admissible now, you may in the future.
I think I'm the Father but the Mother won't let me near the baby. What can I do ?
When the mother is unwilling to admit that a man is the father, then he must petition the court for an order declaring him to be the father. He must first determine which state has jurisdiction. This is usually the state where the child lives, but it can sometimes be where the child was born or where the mother became pregnant. A man must file his petition as soon as possible after the birth of the child, especially if he suspects the mother will hide the baby or place the child for adoption. once the petition is filed, the mother needs to be given a copy of the court papers and given time to reply. If she opposes paternity and it is factually possible the man could be the father, then the court will order DNA testing.
Can I have a Paternity Testing done without the Mother knowing?
If you are conducting a "Non-Legal" test, the answer is yes. If you are conducting a "Legal" test Paternity Inc requires a legal guardian to sign for any minor child participating in a Paternity test. Usually, the signer is someone (father or mother) listed on the child's birth certificate, but it could also be a grandparent or other caregiver who is the child's legal guardian. This means that a potential father who does not have legal custody of a child must get permission from the mother (or other legal guardian) before we can begin the paternity test. Please keep in mind that legal custody and physical custody are two very different things. A father who has visitation rights or some sort of partial custody may not necessarily also have the right to make legal decisions on behalf of the child.
How can a Grandparent DNA test benefit you?
The best testing scenario is a test that includes mother, child, and both of the alleged father's parents. By including both of the alleged father's parents, the alleged father's DNA profile can be completely reconstructed and thereby possibly yield DNA test results of greater than 99.99%. Comparing the alleged father's reconstructed profile against the child's DNA, can allow this testing scenario to give results as accurate as a paternity test with the alleged father. It is also strongly suggested that the child's mother be tested to allow the laboratory to differentiate mom's DNA contribution from the paternity testing process.
A test can be done if only one paternal grandparent is available or if the child's mom is not available, although it is recommended that both grandparents test along with the mother. With only one paternal grandparent, the missing father's DNA cannot be reconstructed. In this situation, the paternal grandparent and child will be tested and their genetic information will be compared.
What is the difference between Full Sibling DNA testing vs Half sibling DNA testing?
A full sibling test is performed when two sibling share the same mother but would like to know if they share the same biological father, which if true, will make them full siblings. A full sibling test can only be performed if two individuals (Sibling 1 and Sibling 2) are certain they share the same mother, but want to know if they share the same father.
A half sibling test if performed when two alleged siblings do not have the same biological mother but would like to know if they share the same biological father. Half sibling analysis can be performed on a maximum of two (2) alleged siblings at a time. A half sibling test is performed only is two individuals (Sibling 1 and Sibling 2) know that they have different mothers but to know if they share the same father.
I don't want testing to be secret, but they refuse to submit to a DNA sample. What can I do ?
You've already tried talking to the person, letting them know the benefits of finding the truth and having a peace of mind, but they won't budge. This is a perfect example of when Relationship Testing comes in handy. Paternity Inc. offers Grandparent and Sibling DNA tests. This type of DNA Testing provides a way to answer paternity questions using first - degree relatives.
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