paternity test - how the procedure works

A paternity test is a test used to determine the father of a child. This testing option compares an alleged father’s genetic profile with a child’s genetic profile.

If the analysis shows the alleged father is the biological father of the child. The conclusion will state “the tested father cannot be excluded as the father of the tested child”.

It should be noted that we do recommend that the mother of the child is included in the paternity test for increased accuracy of your DNA test.

What is a paternity test? 

 A paternity test is a scientific test that can give you an answer to the question, “Is this man the father of my child?”  

A paternity test is used to establish the paternity of a child for cases of child support, adoption, immigration, peace of mind, and Social Security to name of few.

The accuracy of your test results will be 99.99% or higher for legal inclusion. Family Court judges nationwide accept a result that is 99.9% and higher.

 If you are considering a paternity test, do not hesitate to contact our office today at 973-609-5102 to schedule an appointment or to ask a question.

What kind of samples are used for a DNA test?

There are a few different types of samples that can be collected when performing a paternity test.

Below are some of the most common sample collection methods to perform a DNA test.

  1. buccal cheek swabs
  2. blood draw
  3. forensic samples (hair or toothbrush)
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DNA Genetic Testing Procedure

1. Contact our office today at 973-609-5102 to coordinate an appointment.

2. Once you coordinate an appointment you will be sent to a facility closest to your home to have your sample collected.

3. After your DNA samples are collected. Your DNA samples will be shipped to the lab for genetic analysis.

4. Once they arrive at the laboratory, the turnaround time to complete the testing would be 2-3 business days from the receipt of all DNA samples.

5. After the testing is complete, One of our Relationship Testing consultants will contact you, to inform you about the status of your DNA testing results.

6. A copy of your result is then mailed out to your home, office or anywhere you deem private

DNA Relationship Testing Options:

Below are the paternity testing options available.

Legal Test

This option offers the most flexibility of use. The result can be used for family court, estate cases, immigration, and, social security benefits just to name a few. When performing this, legal DNA test you will be required to bring identification, and your picture will be taken for children under the age of 18 years of age. The custodial parent must be present if the alleged father’s name is not on the birth certificate.

Turnaround time for DNA results is 2-3 business days from the date the lab receives all DNA samples. One-day testing is available but it will require an additional fee.

Please note: All legal DNA tests are performed under the strict supervision of a partner AABB-accredited laboratory.

At-Home Test Kit

This option does not have the same flexibility of use but it does allow you the opportunity to collect your own samples. This At-Home DNA Paternity Test result is strictly for informational purposes only and can not be used in court.

The turnaround time for DNA test results is 2-3 business days from the date on which the lab receives all of the DNA samples.

Is there a difference between the relationship testing options listed above with how the samples are tested?

No. Outside of how you can use the result. Both options are tested the same exact using the same amount of genetic markers. This is why it is important that you think about how you would like to use the result prior to performing a DNA test.

If you would like to learn more about relationship testing services or you would like to coordinate an appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 973-609-5102 for more information.


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