What is a legal paternity test?
Our laboratory in all cases can help you obtain DNA results of paternity testing for legal procedure. A majority of our customers benefit from our legal paternity tests to resolve family law matters, for example, relating to child maintenance or disputes over access rights. You can also order this type of DNA paternity testing to resolve inheritance issues or fulfil immigration requirements.
A strict chain of custody applies to all our paternity testings for legal procedure to ensure that you can use your DNA results as evidence in a court of law. The chain of custody guarantees that:
The samples are collected by a neutral third party, for example, by a physician, nurse, or laboratory employee.
The tested parties shall be duly identified before the samples are collected.
The samples upon their collection shall be sealed with tamper tape and posted to the laboratory where they shall be carefully inspected for tampering.
Legal vs. at-home paternity test?
What to consider when selecting a DNA paternity test?
Legal paternity test:
Provides court-ready results that may be used to resolve child support disputes, custody disputes, probate issues and other legal matters. Samples are collected at one of LabCorp’s conveniently located certified collection facilities insuring proper chain of custody is maintained. A documented chain of custody is required for all tests that may be used for legal purposes.
At-home paternity test:
Referred to as a non-legal test or at-home test. This test is used when you just need or want answers regarding genetic relationships. A pre-paid express envelope is provided so that you may expedite your DNA samples to the lab.
Price & affordability of a legal paternity test?
Legal paternity tests are more expensive than at-home paternity tests as we ensure coordination of DNA collection and other features needed to issue a legal document. Therefore, if you only need the DNA test results to reveal the truth, then an affordable home paternity test is the best choice for you. For additional peace of mind, EDC ensures that:
– The high-quality testing is strictly the same with every DNA test
– Industry-leading features include running every test twice (Duall Process) to ensure the highest accuracy
– Laboratory inspection excellence, proven by 18 perfect inspections of the most rigorous accrediting organisations
Why is EDC the best choice for my legal paternity test?
The caring employees at the EDC laboratories are leaders in efficient DNA test processing and share their expertise together to provide you the best service. In our up-to-date laboratories our fully professional technicians and researchers ensure top-quality standards and service excellence.
We are specialists providing only reliable paternity test results. Our DNA testing results are fast, precise and confidential.
How to order a legal paternity test & get started?
If you are willing to proceed with a legal paternity testing process now and to receive your results as soon as possible, you only need to order your legal paternity test. This is the quickest way to get started and receive your results online. After your order is confirmed and payment is processed, a representative will contact you to schedule the specimen collection or you can select to call us instead. We have more than 1,900 EDC facilities in the US , and contract with more than 13,000 locations globally. We will work with you to find a convenient location for sample collection. Our office is open to assist you Monday through Friday, 8am – 9pm EST.
Attention: Peace of mind paternity test results may not be used for legal procedure.
Find your local DNA collection facility?
Legal paternity tests require all tested people to have their DNA samples collected by a certified facility (hospitals, health departments, medical offices). One of EDC’s advantages over other companies is that we have the largest network of certified facilites in North America, so finding a convenient location near you is easy!
Call us now to order a legal DNA paternity test. A Scheduling Specialist will find an office near you to arrange an appointment. Multiple appointments can be setup in different places.
If you are in need of a paternity test while pregnant please call us to discuss testing options.
5 reasons you might need a legal paternity test?
When deciding between a peace-of-mind paternity test and a legal paternity test, it’s essential to consider what you need the results for. Too many new parents hurry and do an at-home paternity test, thinking the results can be used for legal purposes—but the truth is courts won’t accept those results. Why? Because there’s no way to prove that the samples submitted for testing really belonged to the people whose names are on the report.
With a legal paternity test, results are accepted by the court, because an independent, qualified third-party witness (also known as a DNA Collector) supervises the DNA collection process from beginning to end, including checking participant IDs, witnessing the handling of cheek swabs, completing paperwork, and mailing samples to the lab. That way, the court can be sure samples weren’t fraudulently tampered with. Here are the top 5 reasons why people need to get a legal, chain-of-custody test.
#1 Reason for a Legal Paternity Test: Child Custody and Child Support
#2 Reason for a Legal Paternity Test: Immigration
#3 Reason for a Legal Paternity Test: Inheritance Rights
#4 Reason for a Legal Paternity Test: Death Benefits
#5 Reason for a Legal Paternity Test: The Need to Know our Roots
Can I get a paternity test While Pregnant?
Yes, you can get a paternity test while pregnant, and the safest way to do so is with a Non-Invasive DNA Prenatal Paternity test (NIPP). This test requires only a blood sample from the mother and a simple cheek swab from the possible father, and can be performed as early as eight (8) weeks into the pregnancy. In the past, the only tests available were amniocentesis and CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling), which are invasive tests that may cause miscarriage. Because of the possible dangers, most doctors do not offer these tests anymore for determining paternity alone. Fortunately, advances in DNA technology have brought about completely safe, non-invasive prenatal paternity tests that provide answers earlier than ever.
What are the identity requirements for a legal paternity test ?
When you go to your sample collection appointment, be sure to bring: Photo ID & Birth Certificate for children
At your appointment, we will: Take copies of your Photo ID / Birth Certificate. Get thumbprints (or for babies we sometimes get footprints) of all people being tested. Take a ‘mug shot’ of all people being tested. Fill out consent forms and other paperwork.
How does a legal paternity test works?
A child inherits DNA from the mother’s egg (23 chromosomes) and the father’s sperm (also 23 chromosomes). Each parent contributes half of the child’s DNA. The child (and every person) has 23 pairs of chromosomes. For each location (“locus,” plural “loci”) in a chromosome pair there is a specific DNA sequence in each chromosome. A home paternuty test works by identifying the specific DNA sequences for multiple loci in the mother, child, and father. If the mother and father are the parents of the child, the two DNA sequences at each locus in the child’s chromosomes must have been inherited from each parent. By determining these DNA sequences, paternity or other familial relationships can be established.
In order for a DNA paternity test to be used for legal purposes, certain processes and requirements must be met.
- The DNA samples must be collected by a certified, independent third party.
- This sample collector must also be able to testify in court that they collected samples correctly.
- The DNA samples must follow a strict Chain of Custody procedure, from the point of sample collection, all the way to testing at our laboratory.
- It is also important that the people being tested are never left alone with their samples.
- The people being tested have had their identities verified.
- To prevent someone providing samples on behalf of someone else, we must verify the people being tested are who they say they are.
- This calls for additional paperwork, ID, photographs, thumbprints, contact details, and more.
Legal paternity test results delay & how it looks?
We guarantee to have your paternty testing results ready within 2-3 days from receipt of samples. A shorter turnaround time of 1 working day can be arranged for an additional charge.
Feel free to consult our results examples here: https://paternitytesting.com/support/dna-results-example/
How accurate is the legal paternity test?
DNA paternity testing is the most accurate method available for determining paternity. Its power lies in the ability to trace the pattern of inheritance for separate regions of the genetic material (chromosomes). From this information a probability of paternity can be calculated. This number reaches 99.99999% in most cases. The percentage of random men of the same race that can be excluded as the biological father is also computed for every case. Some companies test as few as 16 chromosomal locations for the same price (or more) that we do to test 21 (20 identity markers plus one to confirm the sex of the person). The statistics generated with only 8 locations, however, are not nearly as conclusive, and in some cases can result in wrong conclusions, such as the father being excluded when, in fact, he is the true father.
Does the mother have to be tested as well?
No, although results cannot be as conclusive. Ideally, the mother, child, and alleged father should be tested. A child receives half of their DNA from their mother, and the other half from their father. Because the DNA half that the child receives from the mother will match the mother’s DNA exactly, the remaining unmatched DNA will match that of the biological father. Without the ability to remove the mother’s DNA from the equation, the possibility increases greatly that results will not be conclusive, which may require testing of additional genetic markers, thus extending the time and cost needed to achieve conclusive results. In general, if the mother is available for testing she should be included. In any event, the testing can still be performed and accurate results achieved without a sample from the mother.
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Can I order over the phone?
Absolutely! We understand it’s sometimes easier to talk to a “real person ” when placing an order. Call us anytime from Monday to Sunday (8:00AM to 9:00PM EST) . We have representatives to assist you in English, Spanish or French.
What are the Payment Options?
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Understanding your DNA test results?
We understand that for many clients, this will be their first experience with any kind of DNA testing. We at EDC have therefore put together this comprehensive guide to assist you in better understanding what your DNA test results are actually telling you
The results in simple terms
The DNA test results will either include or exclude a given person from being biologically related to another person. In paternity testing, the tested putative father is father is excluded as being the biological father when he shares an insufficient number of genetic markers with the child; in this case the probability of paternity reads 0% in your result. When alleged father and child share a sufficient number of genetic markers, he is “included” as the biological father; the probability of paternity in this case reads 99.9999999%.
The combined paternity index or CPI
The Combined Paternity Index (CPI) is a scientific algorithm used for DNA comparisons. When a given person’s DNA undergoes analysis, the scientists examine what are referred to as the genetic Loci or very specific locations on their genetic makeup. These loci help accurately confirm or exclude the genetic relationship between the people tested. Our laboratory analyses 22 genetic loci in order to run a complete and scientifically valid DNA test which adheres to international testing standards. The actual CPI of a test subject is the coincidence, or similarity level, of one person’s 22 genetic markers in comparison with another. It is done by multiplying all 22 paternity indexes that are derived for every one of the 22 genetic loci we test. Using these values we can proceed to calculate the probability of paternity. This figure expresses how many times more likely the alleged biological father is the real father of the child when compared with an untested male in his same ethnic group. In this way DNA tests can positively determine genetic relationships to a startling accuracy of 99.999999% when testing for paternity.
Your DNA test results
During the DNA analysis at our laboratories, the loci required will be extracted, amplified and examined using a process of analysis known as PCR or polymerase chain reaction. This biochemical technology in molecular biology enables us to work with very small DNA samples and provide highly accurate results.
On the actual DNA test report sent to our clients, there will be two columns. On the left hand portion of the report will be the actual loci tested – all 22 of them. For each Loci identified, there are two numbers presented. For example, if the child’s numbers for a particular locus are 12 and 14, the number 12 size loci will be inherited from one side (maternal or paternal) and the other number 14 from the other (paternal or maternal). Our laboratory will be able to determine which locus was inherited from which parent by comparing the profiles of two or more people. Thus, if the alleged father has numbers 14 and 2 for the same locus, we can conclude that the child inherited the number 14 locus from the father and the 2 from the mother.
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