• Use Legal Paternity Testing to Prove Your Biological Father

    Legal paternity testing provides strong DNA evidence in divorce court cases for child custody and support and for immigration purposes when a birth certificate is missing or is insufficient proof in proving one’s parentage while applying for visas. It is important that these tests be conducted at an accredited and reputable lab so that the results of the test are not only accurate, but court admissible.

    A legal test for paternity is different from the standard informational paternity tests. To be considered legal, these tests should be supported by two important factors: the proof of identities of test participants and a witnessed chain of custody of the collected DNA samples.

    Requirements for legal chain of custody

    1. A disinterested witness is necessary to prove the authenticity of the test.

    2. Once contacted, the lab sends over a home test kit to the unrelated witness and/or a professional collector.

    3. The witness or professional collector collects the sample according to the instructions on the kit.

    4. The people undergoing the test should provide positive identification of themselves through a recent photograph clearly identifying the DNA testing participants and clear colored copies of a military ID, state or federal ID or state driver’s license.

    5. The required paperwork is completed and signed by the witness and sample providers. The test participants or legal guardians in case of minor or legally incompetent adults should also sign and date the identification copies.

    6. The witness packs and seals the test sample in the lab provided envelope and sends it to the lab via a courier.

    How DNA is collected and test results

    The DNA is collected through buccal samples as they are easy to perform, safe and painless. All it takes is rubbing of a large Q-tip shaped swap along the mouth’s inside and this can be done at home or at a collection center. This DNA test sample is also easy to ship, especially to people who require parentage tests in far off countries.

    Prenatal test for paternity is also performed to determine paternity before the child is born. This test is conducted during the first and second semesters of pregnancy under the assistance of a doctor through a CFS or amniocentesis procedure.

    The results of a paternity test have to be at least 98% accurate to prove that an alleged father is actually the child’s biological father, and to be accepted as proof in court. The results are usually sent to both parents, the lawyers and to the judge and are available within 3-5 business days.

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