Which test do I choose? Paternity Tests and Reasons

Jul 12, 2013 | Paternity, Paternity Test, Prenatal DNA testing

There are many types of paternity tests. Some are for legal reasons and some for just plain curiosity. Whatever the reason may be, paternity tests will provide you with the answer you’re looking for. Here are the 3 types of paternity tests and information about each of them.
A home paternity test can provide an answer about paternity quickly and privately.  Samples are collected in the privacy of your home and mailed to the laboratory for testing. Some tests can be completed in a day but there are many options to choose from depending on your situation or budget.   If you have questions or are interested in learning more about an in-home paternity test, you can contact DNA Diagnostics Center.  If you are ready, place your in home paternity test order here!
A prenatal paternity test can provide an answer to the question of paternity prior to the birth of the child.  There are two types of prenatal paternity tests offered by DNA Diagnostics Center.

Invasive – A prenatal paternity test is performed by obtaining the amniotic or a CVS sample. Both are forms of paternity test methods in which there is a risk associated and it is highly recommended that you speak to your physician before proceeding with this type of test.

Non-invasive – DNA Diagnostic Center offers a new non-invasive prenatal paternity test that only requires a blood sample from the mother’s and alleged father.  This method has no risk for either the mother or child.

The DNA Experts at DNA Diagnostics Center are available to help you choose the test that best fits your needs. If you are have questions or concerns, get your free consultation today at 1-800-613-5768.  If you are ready, place your prenatal paternity test order here.
Legal Paternity tests could be required for many reasons such as the 9 reasons listed below. In order to be a legally defensible document, it is required for a legal paternity test to be administered and collected at a certified facility such as – Hospitals, laboratories and health departments. Below are 9 reasons that people might need a legal paternity test.

Adoption – It isn’t uncommon for a man to question paternity in an adoption case.  Establishing paternity prior to adoption proceedings can prevent legal and emotional issues later on.

Birth Certificate – In some states if the parents are unmarried, the fathers name cannot be added to the child’s birth certificate until paternity is legally established.  Most times, this can be done by entering an order of Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity signed by both parents and a judge.  Establishing paternity by DNA testing is the only way to prove the relationship between the father and child.

Child Custody – When custody is disputed, a paternity test may be ordered to determine the Father’s legal rights to the child. Every state has their own laws and guidelines as to how a paternity test relates to a custody issue.

Child Support – In situations where child support is required, the alleged father must be proven.  The alleged father has the option of taking a DNA paternity test or signing a written admission acknowledgement of paternity.

Court Order – There can be several reasons why a court would be required for a paternity test such as in child support disputes, uncooperative parties in a legal case and in the instance that an estate or will is being contested.  

Immigration – DNA immigration tests and paternity tests are an important part of completing the immigration process for family members. It is required that a biological relationship between a petitioner and a beneficiary is made. Using an accredited lab that adheres to the guidelines set forth by government agencies is required to administer the paternity test.

Tax Forms – In some cases the government may require proof of paternity based on a tax claim when the fathers name is not listed on the birth certificate.

Will/Estate – In the event that a parent is deceased, it may be required that relationship to the survivors is established before the estate can be settled. DNA can be obtained from a deceased individual through preserved tissue samples, blood or previously collected and stored samples such as DNA Banking. If a biological sample of the deceased parent is not available, relationship can often be established through close biological relatives of the deceased

Other Legal Reasons – Legal paternity tests may be required for many other legal reasons such as social security benefits or establishment of legal documents. They can be issued by the court, or be ordered in support of a case/claim.

Whatever your paternity testing needs may be, The DNA Experts at DNA Diagnostics Center are available to discuss your needs.   If you have questions, comments regarding a legal paternity test – contact DNA Diagnostics Center today!

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