Legal DNA Paternity Testing

DNA Paternity Testing may conjure images of daytime talk-shows and dramatic fights between couples over the lineage of their children, but DNA Paternity Testing is not a public spectacle, nor is it often as dramatic as seen on television. Certainly, many couples use our service to settle paternity disputes, but these situations are handled with discretion and most-often are used as a means of resolution rather than a source of further conflict. There are a multitude of other uses for this service that don’t make it to television:

Immigration & Surrogacy: Parents requesting visas for their children to enter the country or children or relatives sponsoring their family to come to the United States may be requested by the United States Citizenship and Immigration, a US Embassy, or even the Department of Homeland Security to prove kinship (a DNA relationship) between the parties involved. Learn more about this here.

Adoption Tests: These tests serve to prove a DNA connection between a child and their presumed birth parents. These tests may be requested by courts, adoption agencies, or other countries if members of the presumed family reside outside of the United States. Learn more about this here.

Single Party Tests: These are legally admissible DNA tests used for recording purposes. Once this test is completed, the full record of the individual’s DNA results will be held on file. This service is recommended for those individuals who may require a kinship determination post mortem and is often used by those in high-risk occupations. In many cases, it protects the estate from fraudulent claims of kinship and disputes. Learn more about this here.

Paternity & Maternity: DNA tests may not only assist in determining the paternity of a child, but the maternity as well. This serves as an answer to curiosity, but may also be utilized as a legally admissible test to verify parental rights and settle child support and custody disputes. Learn more about this here.

Kinship: In situations where the parents are unavailable or other familial relationships need to be proven, a kinship test may be conducted. Kinship tests branch out beyond the parent-child relationship and test other related individuals such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. This test may be requested for immigration and sponsorship purposes, but may also be utilized for tribal enrollment purposes as well. Learn more about this here.

Estate DNA Tests: Often used in probate, attorneys may request that alleged members of the family verify paternity, maternity, or other kinship to the deceased. Other related family members may be used as a cross-reference to determine a relationship to the deceased. Learn more about this here.

WHY CHOOSE BINARY HEALTH SERVICES?

Our experts have been trained in strict custody and control procedures for collections to ensure that your samples arrive to the lab safely and without possible cross-contamination. Our certification and adherence to laboratory collection guidelines allows the results you receive to be legally admissible in court proceedings and other disputes.

WHAT TO BRING:

  1. Bring identification—Government-issued photo identification is necessary to commence any legally admissible collection.
  2. Know which parties must be tested—in many situations the agency may request several members of the family not just a parent and child. Check your request to make sure you aren’t forgetting someone!
  3. Clothing and appearance—Photos must be taken of all parties tested. You may be required to remove hats, glasses, or to adjust hairstyles that partially obstruct the view of the face.
  4. All relevant documents—If a court or agency has requested that you conduct a DNA test, bring the request and any accompanying paperwork including where to send the results and your case’s identifying number.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Consent—Consent of a legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 is required. No adult samples may be taken or tested without consent. Parties ordered by a court to conduct a DNA test who refuse at the time of collection may be subject to penalties by the court. All persons tested must be present at time of collection (samples may not be taken at home and brought in).
  • Collection—Once your identity has been verified, the collection process begins with a little paperwork. Then photos will be taken of all parties tested and then samples will be collected using a swab inside the cheek. Once all samples have been safely secured in the collection envelope, you will be asked to sign/initial to verify that the sample in the container is yours. Once the collection process begins, in order to be legally admissible, you may not leave the collection site until the sample has been sealed and initialed. Depending on the number of parties tested, the collection process may take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in rare cases to complete.

 


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