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“My ex-girlfriend contacted me to say that I may be the father of her 5 year old daughter. Your test proved that I am the true biological father. It’s a life changer. Thank you.”
“I was very impressed with the ease and discretion of the testing process. I received my results quickly and quietly.”
“My husband has always mentioned that our two children maybe did not belong to him and accused me of being involved with his friend at the time that our children were conceived. I knew that this was not true. We finally decided to get a paternity test done to put an end to this. Sure enough, the results of the paternity test indicated greater than 99.9999% that he was the father of our children. Our family is now closer than ever before.”
R. Stern, Seattle, WA
“A++++. Near the date that my test was scheduled to be completed, I was so nervous that I ended up calling your lab almost once every hour. Thank you for putting up with me. I won’t forget your kindness.”
G. Lopez, NY, NY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between the legal test and the private test?
The private test is suitable for individuals who wish to find out the truth about paternity before deciding on the next step. If a private test is ordered, a buccal swab (mouth swab) DNA kit is sent directly to the parties involved in the test for sample collection. The sample collection process is quick and easy and take just minutes to complete. Once the laboratory receives the samples, testing is completed within 1 to 3 business days.
The legal paternity test is intended for court use and is accepted as legal proof of paternity or non-paternity in court. If the legal testing option is chosen, the sample is collected by an unbiased third party witness. DNA Family Check has sample collection facilities in most major cities in the United States and Canada and can arrange professional witnessed sample collection services on the client's behalf.
How old does a child need to be before testing?
DNA testing can be performed on individuals at any age. Sample collection can even occur on the day of birth.
What if the parties to be tested live in different cities?
For private testing, if the parties to be tested live at different addresses, we can split the kit and send the kit to each address separately. Since the kits are individually barcode labeled, they will be tested together once the samples arrive back at the laboratory. To order a split kit, simply state "please split this kit" in the comments box of the online order form. Please also indicate which name and address to send each component. Alternatively, you can choose to have the entire kit shipped to you and you can split the kit yourself and send the components to the other parties in the test.
For legal testing, if the parties involved live in different cities, separate appointments can be arranged for each individual in their respective locations.
Does the mother need to be tested for a paternity case?
If the mother already knows that she is the biological mother of a child, then there is no need to test her if only the alleged father is in question. A conclusive answer regarding paternity can be obtained without testing the mother.
Can paternity be determined if the alleged father is not available for testing?
If the alleged father is deceased, forensic DNA testing can be considered using items which may contain the alleged father's DNA. Forensic DNA testing can be performed any anything that has biological material from the father such as an old toothbrush, electric razor, blood stains, saliva stains, and bone or teeth from an exhumation. If it is not possible to obtain a forensic sample for the alleged father, testing his direct relatives can be considered. If his parents are alive, the grandparentage test can be performed. If he has any siblings, then an aunt or uncle test can be performed. If the alleged father has other children, then a full or half sibling test can be performed.
How is the DNA sample collected?
DNA is collected by rubbing a brush gently inside the mouth against the cheek for 15 seconds. The collection is safe and painless and can be performed on individuals at any age, including infants.
How long does testing take?
When the samples arrive at the laboratory, testing begins immediately and is completed within 1 to 3 business days.
How do I receive the results of my test?
For private testing, a copy of the report can be sent to you by email, mail or both. For legal testing, the certified legal document will be mailed to you once the testing has been completed.
Can testing be performed before a child is born?
Prenatal DNA testing can be performed using a CVS sample or an amniotic fluid sample. If you are interested in proceeding with prenatal testing, the first step is to arrange an appointment for amniocentesis or CVS with your physician/obstetrician. Once the appointment is confirmed, please let us know and we will help you to initiate a file and send the collection kit directly to your physician. The turnaround time is 1 to 3 business days from the date that we receive the samples. If you are unable to have a prenatal sample collected, please note that DNA testing can be performed on the day of birth using a mouth swab kit.