paternity test for legal reasons

A Legal DNA paternity test is a DNA test that is used to help determine if an alleged father is biologically related to the child. This testing option is used for a variety of situations, such as child support, changing a name on a birth certificate, or a child custody paternity case.

At IDTO DNA, we provide the most trusted and widely accepted evidence for your paternity case, and our customer service is second to none. Our partner lab is accredited by the AABB, so you can be sure you are getting the best quality results that are recognized by Family Court, Immigration offices like USCIS, and U.S. Embassies worldwide.

The legal DNA testing service we offer has a 99.99+% probability of a yes or 0% probability of a no and is recognized in all 50 states. This type of test can be used to prove or disprove the biological father and can be used for various legal purposes, such as immigration evidence submission, social security benefits, child support, estate cases, etc.

We offer our legal paternity test at an affordable price, The results you receive are 100% accurate and are accepted in courts throughout all 50 states. If you need an accurate, affordable, and professional legal DNA testing service you can trust.

Contact our office today at 888-204-0583 to get started.

Common reasons to perform a legal paternity test

Legal paternity testing is commonly used for situations where proof of a biological relationship between a biological father and a child s uncertain.

Some of the common legal scenarios are Immigration additional requests for evidence submission, Child Support, Social Security Benefits, birth certificate name change, and Estate cases (inheritance rights) to name a few.

Can a legal DNA test be performed without the father participating?

Yes. Alternative DNA tests like a Grandparent DNA test or Sibling DNA test can be performed when the alleged biological father is unavailable to be tested.

For mothers or legal guardians who are performing legal DNA test for the purpose of acquiring Social Security benefits or adding a name to a child’s birth certificate. We recommend that you contact the state agency to which you are submitting evidence to prove the paternity of your child and inquire about the testing option that their office would accept.

Accredited Laboratory

All legal DNA testing services we offer are performed by a partner AABB-accredited laboratory for the purpose of establishing a proper legal chain of custody for evidence submission.

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Scheduling A Paternity Test

The process is simple, Please contact our office at 888-204-0583 and speak with one of our DNA Relationship Testing Technicians to help schedule an appointment near your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is legal paternity testing?

The cost of legal paternity testing starts at 375.00 and up. Please note, DNA sample collection fees are not included in the price of your DNA test.

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When will I receive my DNA Legal paternity test results?

The standard turnaround is 1 to 3 business days from the date on which the lab receives all genetic samples.

It should be noted that longer turnaround times may apply depending on the type of samples (hair, fingernails or bones, etc) submitted to the lab to be analyzed and tested. Upon the completion of your test, you will receive two copies. One copy will be sent by email and another by physical mail to your home.

If you require expedited DNA paternity testing results we also provide same-day legal paternity testing at an additional cost. Please get in touch with our office today at 888-204-0583 to learn more about how this process works.

What are the most common uses for performing a legal paternity test?

Some of the common uses of this type of legal paternity test are for the purposes of Child Support, Child Custody or adding a name to a birth certificate, immigration purposes, or to submit evidence of a biological relationship to Social Security between a father and child.

Are my legal paternity DNA testing results court admissible?

All legal DNA test results are performed by our partner AABB accredited laboratory and are legally admissible in court. What this basically means is, your results are recognized by state and governmental institutions nationwide like USCIS, U.S. Embassies, and Passport Agencies.

Can I mother determine the paternity of a child if the father is unavailable to perform a Legal DNA test?

If an alleged father is unavailable to participate in a DNA test and he has willing family members like grandparents, siblings, an uncle, or an aunt. A family reconstruction DNA test may be able to help establish the paternity of a child.

If you need an appointment or would like to know more about our legal testing options, Contact our office today at 888-204-0583.

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What type of DNA sample will be collected?

Sterilized buccal cheek swabs are the standard method used to collect DNA samples when performing a paternity test.

It should be noted that cheek swabs and blood draw sample collections have similar accuracy. The difference between the two options is blood draws are more painful and have a higher risk of being mishandled in transit by shipping companies.

When is the earliest time a baby can perform a Legal DNA test?

Mothers can perform a paternity test days after their child has been born.

Some of our clients have had their newborn’s DNA samples collected at the hospital. We recommend that you contact our office to inquire about our mobile DNA sample collection services in your area.

Please note, our mobile collection services are not available in every city. To learn more about our mobile DNA sample collection services, contact our office at 888-204-0583 today.

Is it possible to perform a legal DNA paternity test if the father and child live in two different states?

Yes. It is possible to perform a DNA test when the father and child reside in two separate states. Learn more about two different locations of DNA sample collections here.

Can a legal paternity test be performed after pregnancy?

Yes.  In fact, paternity tests are often performed after the child is born in order to establish paternity for child support or other legal purposes. The father and child share a biological relationship that is recognized by the government for the purposes of Social Security. 

This relationship is special and unique, and it is one that is worth protecting. The state recognizes this relationship in order to provide financial security for the child, and this is something that is very important.

If you would like more information regarding a legal DNA paternity test please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 888-204-0583.

Does IDTO offer paternity test while the mother is pregnant?

Yes. Invasive prenatal paternity testing is available, though it requires the involvement of the mother’s OBGYN. This type of testing carries a risk that must be taken into consideration before proceeding. The tests typically performed for this purpose are either Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) or Amniocentesis, and neither of these tests is performed solely for the purpose of determining paternity due to the risk involved.

Non Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test (NIPP)

Currently, IDTO DNA does not offer this testing option. NIPP tests require a blood draw from the mother and a buccal swab collection from the alleged father.

What is paternity establishment? And why is it important?

Paternity establishment occurs with unmarried couples. The importance of establishing the paternity of a child is to ensure the child receives adequate financial support, inheritance, and social security benefits in the event the father unexpectedly passes away, and in the event, there is a medical issue that occurs. The biological father may be able to save his child’s life.

Does a paternity test help to establish paternity?

Yes. The most accurate tool that can be used to help establish paternity is by performing a legal DNA test. The test requires the alleged biological father and child to be tested.

Do I need to establish the paternity of a child?

If you are unsure of whether or not you need to establish paternity for your child, our team can help. There are many benefits to doing so, including ensuring that your child has access to important medical information and benefits.

Does medical insurance cover legal DNA testing?

No. As it is currently understood. Medical insurance companies do not view DNA Relationship Testing as a medical issue. What we do recommend is, to contact your insurance company and inquire about DNA testing coverage.

If your insurance company does cover legal DNA testing such as paternity tests. IDTO DNA does not accept insurance. Instead, you will have to pay for your DNA test out of pocket and submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.