- August 3, 2015
- Posted by: James White
- Category: Blog
In the event that there’s even the slightest question as to whether you are the father of a particular child, you need to protect your legal rights. If someone is trying to deny you the right to be listed as a child’s father – or if someone’s attempting to make you legally responsible for a child that isn’t yours – you need to ensure that you take a DNA paternity test to erase any question as to your rights and responsibilities.
Because the fate of not just you but the child in question is at stake, you need to ensure that you don’t take risks of any kind that could jeopardize the legal standing of your paternity test. In order to legally prove or disprove your status as a parent, you need to provide legally verifiable proof that you’re biologically related to the child – and that means taking steps to ensure the lab you use to test your DNA against the child will be following the kinds of procedures that ensure the test results can be admissible in court.
The way to make sure this happens is to confirm that the DNA testing lab you want to use has procedures in place to provide for an unbroken chain of custody for the entire process. What this means is that from the moment you provide your DNA sample to the individual collecting the specimen to the moment the final official results are submitted to the courts, the test, its components, and its procedures must be documented at all times and must never be subject to conditions where the results or the given samples can be tampered with or altered.
There are any number of testing labs accredited by the AABB, the trade industry body for blood and cellular testing facilities, which are required to comply with common chain of custody procedures to maintain their accreditation. Using one of these facilities can go a long way in protecting your legal claim of fatherhood rights for a child or your successful defense of an erroneous claim that you have a biological relationship with a child when you actually don’t. Considering the cost involved in a typical DNA paternity test, which can run into the hundreds of dollars, you don’t want to have to take another one because the first one isn’t admissible in court.