What types of Paternity Test are Available?

According to the American Association of Blood Banks, there were 354,011 reported parentage testing cases. That equals out to about 991,000 people being tested. With so many people taking paternity and other types of  DNA tests, it is important to understand what types of testing are available and how to go about getting one done properly.

There are many different reasons people want to have a DNA test done.  Typically it is done for paternity of a child. Sometimes the father wants a test because because he and the mother are not married.Some do testing to make sure their parental rights are protected, and other times people just doesn’t believe it is their child and doesn’t want to get either emotionally or financially attached until they know for sure.

A paternity DNA test is done by simply collecting the cheek cell samples from both the alleged father and of the child. You are able to do this in the privacy of your own home for your own personal piece of mind. If legal DNA results are needed for things like child support, custody, birth certificate, name change, etc., we will set up an appointment at one of our locations for the legal. “chain of custody” sample collection and it will then be usable for any and all types of legal matters.

A cheek cell sample must be submitted from both the child and the alleged father in order to perform DNA analysis. You can do this in the privacy of your own home using the private paternity option we provide. Most companies prefer to have the mother tested, if she is willing and able, but it is not necessary because laboratories can generally get the same conclusive results as they would if testing a standard trio (mother, alleged father, and child).

Legal DNA testing also deals with paternity tests where one of the parents are deceased.It is is actually easier to do that one might think. Most of the time a DNA sample is taken before the deceased is buried and all that is needed is a “Next of kin release” letter from the deceased spouse, parent, or child. We will retrieve the sample from the coroner or  mortician and once both samples are taken, the results take only 5 business days.

One test that is becoming more common for Legal DNA Testing is infidelity testing. More and more often men and women are feeling like their partners are not being faithful. One way to find out is to collect an undergarment and have it tested for bodily fluids. It may come back with either semen and or vaginal fluid. The suspecting party will also submit a cheek swab from themselves as exclusionary evidence.


Legal DNA Testing can help you with any type of DNA testing in one of our over 3,000 locations, or just send the kit your home for a private test. These are the most accurate, affordable and accessible tests on the market today.

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