Legal Paternity Testing
When you need DNA proof of paternal relationship for legal reasons.
What Paternity Test Do I Need for Child Support and Custody?
You need a legal paternity test if you want to use the report for child support and custody. Did you know results for a home paternity test are not court-admissible? For DNA results to be accepted, the court system requires that a specific chain-of-custody process be followed. No one has more experience with legal paternity testing than DDC, so you can trust us to get it right the first time. Some reasons for legal DNA testing include: child support and custody, birth certificate, immigration, adoption, tax forms, inheritance rights and more. The report is posted to your secure online account 1-2 business days once all samples are received at the lab.
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DDC performs thousands of accredited legal paternity tests a year accepted by courts worldwide, and our experts are ready to help you, too—it’s fast, secure, and accurate.
Starting at $499
Legal Paternity Testing: How It Works
DNA COLLECTION: When you place your order with DDC, a scheduling specialist arranges a DNA-collection appointment near your home or office at a time convenient for you. A legal paternity test requires that all parties have their DNA samples collected at a certified facility such as a hospital, medical office, or health department. We have the largest network of sample-collection sites in the world, and thousands of locations from which to choose.
CHAIN-OF-CUSTODY HANDLING: Once collected, DNA samples are sent securely in tamper-proof packaging to our accredited laboratory in Fairfield, Ohio, where DNA testing takes place.
THE TESTING PROCESS: Our laboratory technicians carefully handle and prepare your DNA samples for processing. Every paternity test with cheek-swab samples is run two separate times by independent teams. The results are then reviewed by our in-house team of PhDs and your report is prepared.
YOUR RESULTS: As soon as the results are verified, immediate and secure online access to the report is available for the decision-maker in the case, and a legal document that is admissible in a court of law is mailed to all tested parties.
Results are completely confidential, and your private genetic information is never shared with or sold to outside parties.
More about this Test
Q: What is the difference between a legal paternity test and a home paternity test?
Q: Where do we go to get DNA collected for a legal paternity test?
Q: Does getting a legal paternity test change the birth certificate?
Q: Do all courts accept results from a legal paternity test?
Q: Does the mother need to be included in a paternity test?
How do I read my paternity-test result?
We are required to use specific language in paternity-test reports. If you need assistance understanding any part of our report, watch this helpful video.