DNA tests may not only assist in determining the paternity of a child, but the maternity as well. This serves as an answer to curiosity, but may also be utilized as a legally admissible test to verify parental rights and settle child support and custody disputes.
The most common DNA test, a DNA Paternity and/or Maternity test is used to authenticate a biological relation between an alleged father and child or an alleged mother and child, or both. These tests require that DNA samples be collected from all parties in dispute. If a court has not requested a DNA test, it is recommended to utilize a collection site certified in collection procedures and guidelines. This allows the DNA Paternity or Maternity Test to be legally admissible in court, if necessary.
Our experts are trained in the proper and discrete handling of this sensitive test. Once received by the lab, samples take between three and five days to process and remit.
WHY CHOOSE BINARY HEALTH SERVICES?
Our experts have been trained in strict custody and control procedures for collections to ensure that your samples arrive to the lab safely and without possible cross-contamination. Our certification and adherence to laboratory collection guidelines allows the results you receive to be legally admissible in court proceedings and other disputes.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bring identification—Government-issued photo identification is necessary to commence any legally admissible collection.
- Know which parties must be tested—in many situations the agency may request several members of the family not just a parent and child. Check your request to make sure you aren’t forgetting someone!
- Clothing and appearance—Photos must be taken of all parties tested. You may be required to remove hats, glasses, or to adjust hairstyles that partially obstruct the view of the face.
- All relevant documents—If a court or agency has requested that you conduct a DNA test, bring the request and any accompanying paperwork including where to send the results and your case’s identifying number.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Consent—Consent of a legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 is required. No adult samples may be taken or tested without consent. Parties ordered by a court to conduct a DNA test who refuse at the time of collection may be subject to penalties by the court. All persons tested must be present at time of collection (samples may not be taken at home and brought in).
- Collection—Once your identity has been verified, the collection process begins with a little paperwork. Then photos will be taken of all parties tested and then samples will be collected using a swab inside the cheek. Once all samples have been safely secured in the collection envelope, you will be asked to sign/initial to verify that the sample in the container is yours. Once the collection process begins, in order to be legally admissible, you may not leave the collection site until the sample has been sealed and initialed. Depending on the number of parties tested, the collection process may take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in rare cases to complete.