Ten Misconceptions About Paternity Testing
10. “I have to wait until the baby is born to have a paternity test done.”
The answer is NO. There are a couple of options available. One, you can have an amniocentesis but they are quite dangerous and can cost upwards of three thousand dollars. Legal DNA Testing only uses the noninvasive prenatal DNA test, using only the mothers blood and a blood draw from the father. Results will be available five business days later. Legal DNA Testing uses this method because it is far less dangerous and thousands of dollars less.
9. “I can’t stand the sight of blood or needles, so I could never participate in a paternity test!”
Today’s tests are done with a simple buccal swab inside the cheek of the father and the child. Nothing is invasive.
8. “A $79 test is the right choice for me.”
A $79 paternity test can be more expensive to the consumer in the long run. These tests do not hold up in court and are generally not reliable because the testing is typically be done outside industry protocols and/or performed by inexperienced staff, which could lead to results that are misread, leading to false results. Also, if needed for any legal reason, you will have to go to an accredited lab and do the test all over again. Legal DNA Testing will ensure this is done right the first time.
7. “If I get a test, people will find out about it.”
Absolutely not. Legal DNA Testing is 100% confidential. Only the person who ordered the test is able to see the results. If you do need the test for child support and file in court, then your results will become public record, but only if you file for a legal action.
6. “Paternity testing divides families.”
Paternity testing has many benefits. It is used in adoption, immigration, genealogy and other family-building cases. Testing benefits the child in cases where paternity must be verified for inheritance or insurance purposes and in cases that involve child support. You should however, be prepared for the results to not be what was expected.
5.”Paternity testing takes too long. I need results now.”
Legal DNA Testing can have the results ready in the standard 4 to 5 business days and for an additional fee, can rush the results in as soon as one day upon receipt of the samples.
4. “The dad is gone. Without him, we will never know who the father of my child is!”
In some situations the alleged father is unavailable or unwilling to partake in a paternity test. Under these circumstances, a grand parentage test can be done. This test uses the paternal grandparents’ DNA to determine if the child is biologically related to the grandparents. This test determines if the child is a descendant of the grandparents, so if they had more than one son, all sons would be included as a potential father of the child.
3. “I cannot do a paternity test because the potential father of my child lives hundreds of miles away from me.”
This is not true. Legal DNA Testing can access 1800 labs nationwide and set it up for one person to go to a lab nearest them and the other to where they are by zip code.
2. “It doesn’t matter where a paternity test is performed because all labs are equal.”
All labs are not equal. You should check the accreditation of any laboratory you are considering. Some of the testing that is done inexpensively today is inexpensive for a reason, they are usually between an 8 and 12 genetic marker and simply cannot provide the legal 21 genetic marker test that Legal DNA Testing can provide.
1. “Paternity testing is expensive.”
Several years ago yes, paternity tests cost over $1,000. Still today a legally binding paternity test can cost $400 and $600 dollars. Legal DNA Testing can perform the Legal test for as little as $287 in over 1800 labs nationwide. Legal DNA Testing also offers at home testing doing the same test. Today there is no reason NOT to know the biological father of your child.