Requesting a DNA test: Each paternity testing scenario is different and specific to your situation. In order to perform a paternity test the right way, you will first have to identify which testing option will be best suited for your specific situation. For example, Are you looking to perform a paternity test just to have peace of mind? If you answered yes. Than requesting a paternity testing from a state institution is not something you would have to do. Again, depending on your specific situation. Having a relationship with the other party’s legal guardian (underaged child) or, an adult child and having them agree to perform a paternity test is what will be necessary for most to begin the testing process. A Home DNA Test Kit is a great and inexpensive option to help establish the paternity of a child. Please note: This option is tested the exact same way as a legal paternity test. The difference between the two options are is a legal test requires a chain of custody to be established and how you are able to utilize the result.
If you are in need of a paternity test for legal purposes especially for submitting evidence to a Judge in Family Court or for immigration purposes. Then there is a protocol that has to be adhered to. As stated earlier, All legal DNA tests regardless of the relationship being established must establish a legal chain of custody. What is a chain of custody? According to legaldictionary.com. A chain of custody “is a process of maintaining and documenting the handling of evidence. It involves keeping a detailed log showing who collected, handled, transferred, or analyzed evidence during an investigation”.
Now if you are in a situation where either an alleged father or a mother does not want to perform a paternity test. But, you would like to establish the paternity of a child you believe to be yours. It is always recommended that you seek legal counsel to better understand how the Paternity Laws work in your state. If you are unable to find or obtain legal counsel. Filing a Paternity Petition with the courts is an option that can be done on your own without an attorney. Please research your state guidelines and follow how their process of submitting a Paternity Petition work.
The most important thing to know about requesting a DNA test is being aware of the situation you are in with the other party. If all parties involved are communicating effectively then coordination of a paternity test with IDTO is simple. Please contact our office today at 888-204-0583 to coordinate your appointment or to purchase a Home DNA Test Kit. Remember, we are here to help.
A child can be tested shortly being released from the hospital or if the hospital allows a DNA sample collector can collect the child’s samples on the premises.
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