Paternity Testing in Legal Situations

Jan 19, 2012 | DNA test, Paternity

Two state court rulings last year updates long-established laws, and now allow the use of DNA testing to:

  1. Terminate child support in previously settled divorce or paternity suits when the test proves the man is not the child’s biological father, and
  2. Challenge a husband’s paternity claim in court if the unmarried man is proven to be the biological father.

Paternity DNA testing is used in many legal situations, including the two described above. While the scenarios in which a DNA test is needed may vary, the DNA testing process itself is simple and the same for every person who wishes to use the test results in court:

  1. Contact a highly-accredited laboratory, like DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), to initiate a legal DNA test. This test uses the Chain of Custody process, which assures courts and other parties that the samples were taken from properly-identified individuals.
  2. DDC will schedule a sample collection appointment at a time and place that is convenient to you. Buccal (cheek) swabs are the preferred way to collect DNA, as they are painless and non-invasive.
  3. When the samples reach the laboratory, it takes 2 working days to complete the test.
  4. Receive the results via mail or online.

DDC’s DNA test results are recognized by courts and government agencies worldwide. For more information, call us at 1-800-613-5768.

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