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Why do people need DNA paternity tests?
Establishing paternity can be important for several reasons. It can help:
Gain legal rights to child support, child custody, Social Security benefits and inheritance.
Identify links to genetic conditions that can affect your long-term health.
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What are the different types of paternity tests?
At-Home DNA Test: You collect DNA in the comfort of your own home with a simple cheek swab, and then mail it directly to the lab for processing. Results are for personal knowledge only
Legal Paternity Test: This tests uses a chain-of-custody process to independently verify tested parties at the time of DNA collection. It’s required for cases involving child support and custody, immigration, inheritance disputes, and other legal matters
Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test: Using free-floating fetal DNA found in the mother’s blood, this test allows individuals to safely determine paternity any time after the seventh week of pregnancy
What are the benefits of paternity tests?
DNA testing is the gold standard for determining the paternity of a child. The advantages of paternity testing include:
Access to legal rights and privileges such as health insurance or child support (legal paternity tests only)
Insights about medical history (e.g., inherited conditions)
The chance to develop emotional bonds and a sense of identity
Peace of mind
How does a paternity test work?
If you’re wondering how to get a paternity test or aren’t certain how it works, rest assured: the actual process is easy and quick. DNA is collected from the inside of the participants’ cheeks using a simple, painless swab. The DNA paternity test compares the collected sample from the possible father to that of a child (minor or adult) to determine the likelihood of a father/child biological relationship between the tested parties.
How long does a paternity test take?
DDC prides itself on delivering quick and accurate results. Home-test and legal-test results are generally posted 2 business days after samples are received at our lab, although next-day and same-day results are available for an additional fee. Non-invasive prenatal paternity test results are posted 7 business days after samples are received at the lab or in 3 business days for an additional fee.