NEGATIVE PATERNITY test RESULTS
What does it mean when a Paternity Test is negative?
A negative paternity test result refers to a result that shows the alleged father “is excluded” as the biological father of a child. In other words, the alleged father is not the biological father of the child.
How should a father handle a negative DNA test result?
Performing a paternity test is an extremely emotional situation for all parties involved. How an alleged father, mother, or child handles a negative result will depend on each person.
As it pertains to the legal aspect. The Judge will be responsible based on the evidence submitted to the court on what is in the best interest of the child. Please keep in mind that every going through the paternity establishment process. The paternity statutes will not be interpreted the same way. Therefore expecting the same outcome as someone else you know would not be the best way to set your expectations. It is recommended that you seek a Family Law legal professional to gain a better understanding of what to expect in your state.
In terms of how you can utilize the results will depend upon whether you perform a legal or non-legal paternity test. If you perform a legal paternity test. The results can be used as evidence submission for Family Court, Immigration, and Social Security Benefits etc.
Non-legal paternity results are for informational/peace of mind purposes only. Please note, non-legal DNA testing samples are analyzed and tested the same way as a legal paternity test. The difference between the two testing options is, legal testing requires a chain of custody to be established and a non-legal DNA test does not.
Is possible a paternity test can be wrong?
Yes, It is possible for the paternity test result to be errant. There are a couple of situations that can occur that may possibly produce errant outcomes. See the examples below.
- If an alleged biological father and child are tested in two different cities and one party wanted to be deceptive they could potentially have someone else perform the sample collection on their behalf. If this is a legal DNA test it would be a bit more difficult to send someone in your place to have their DNA samples collected.
- Although this very rare that this would occur, it is possible. When the lab receives all genetic testing samples. It is possible due to human error that a mix-up can occur.
If this occurs and you are certain that a mistake was made it is recommended that you receive a second opinion from a different DNA testing company.
- Another scenario that could possibly produce an errant result is if the DNA sample collector mixed up the samples between two separate DNA sample collections. This is not a frequent occurrence but human error at times could possibly be the cause of an errant result.
- In this particular example, what may produce an errant paternity testing result is if the alleged father or child has an unusual genetic condition or a recent blood transfusion that could affect the outcome of your results if this is not mentioned before you take a paternity test.
These are some of the common possibilities that may produce a negative DNA test result. As stated earlier, although rare for results are negative to be wrong. It must be recognized that human error does exist.
The best way to lessen your chances of experiencing an error occurring is to make sure you use a DNA testing company that provides DNA testing services by an AABB-accredited DNA testing laboratory. All AABB-accredited labs go through extensive auditing to ensure their facilities meet the standards that are recognized and accepted by institutions like Immigration (USCIS & U.S. Embassies), Family Court, and Social Security to name a few.
Please note, all legal DNA testing services we provide are under the strict supervision by our partner AABB accredited DNA lab. If you have any questions or if would like to schedule a DNA paternity test appointment today. Contact our office at 888-204-0583.