Most Frequently Asked Questions About Paternity Testing
Get Answers To The Most Frequently Asked Paternity Testing Questions!

* How accurate are the DNA test results?

* Are the paternity testing kits easy to use?

* How long does it take for results?

* How old does the child have to be?

* How are samples collected?

* Is blood collection required?

* Can the test be performed without the mother?

* Can people order a DNA paternity test kit if they live outside of USA?

* What other types of samples can be tested, other than buccal cells?

* Can the results from the home dna paternity test be used in court?

* What if the tested parties live in different cities? Must they go in together for paternity testing?

* What if the alleged father is deceased, can paternity still be established?


Q. How accurate are the DNA test results?
A. DNA paternity testing is very accurate, and will yield results that indicate either a probability of paternity greater than 99% (inclusion) or 0% (exclusion). For siblingship and grand-parentage testing it's either >90% (inclusion) or <15% (exclusion).

Q. What other types of samples can be tested, other than buccal cells?

A. If a buccal cell sample cannot be taken because the individual is unavailable, DNA testing can be performed on a wide range of forensic samples. Examples of samples which can be tested include: toothbrushes, dried blood stains, saliva stains, hair roots, bone, licked stamps, disposable razors, etc.

Q. Can the results from the home dna paternity test be used in court?
A. If you will be using the results in court, you will have to take a legal paternity test offered by DNA testing provider, nationally accredited by AABB, for witnessing and proper identification procedures. The samples for the home test are collected discretely by the patients in the privacy of their own home.

Because the collection is not witnessed by DNA testing center staff and the patients are not properly identified, the results are for personal knowledge only. Otherwise there is no difference in the testing technique or the accuracy between the legal and private test.

Q . What if the tested parties live in different cities? Must they go in together for paternity testing?
A. No, several DNA paternity testing providers have a worldwide network of collection centers. In many locations, medical personnel can come right to your home. You set the timing and arrangements when you schedule.

Q. Are the free paternity testing kits easy to use?
A. Yes. The collection kits come with all of the necessary materials and instructions for safe and painless buccal cell collection. The collection should take less than 5 minutes per person and is completely safe and painless.

Q. How long does it take for results?
A. DNA testing service providers begin testing right away when they receive the samples. The test is completed in 3-7 days and results are available immediately.

Q. How old does the child have to be?
A. The swab test DNA paternity testing kit can be used for patients at any age. Even newborns could be tested quickly and painlessly using the DNA paternity testing kit. DNA testing can even be performed before the child is born. Click here for prenatal DNA paternity testing instructions.

Q. Can people order a DNA paternity test kit if they live outside of USA?
A. Yes, several leading DNA testing providers send their DNA sample collection kits to any country worldwide.

Q. How are samples collected?
A. The swab DNA paternity test is fast, simple, and painless. DNA is collected using special swabs called "buccal swabs." The buccal swabs are rubbed gently on the inner cheek inside the mouth to collect DNA. Buccal swabs are painless and can be used to collect samples from individuals at any age.

Q. Is blood collection required?

A. No. Using the latest technology, a buccal cell sample taken from the mouth is now the newest and recommended method for sample collection. A buccal cell sample can be collected quickly, painlessly and discreetly using the free paternity testing kit.

A person’s DNA is the same in every cell of the body, regardless of whether it is a blood cell or buccal cell. The results obtained from buccal cells are 100% accurate and buccal cell collection is the method of choice for both private and legal cases.

Q. Can the test be performed without the mother?
A. Yes. In many situations, the mother does not want to be tested or is not available for testing. In such situations, the test can be completed by testing only the child and the alleged father.

Q. What if the alleged father is deceased, can paternity still be established?
A. Yes. Paternity can still be established by testing other known family members to reconstruct the DNA lineage. Aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and grandparents can all be used to reconstruct family relationships.

 

 
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