What is DNA Testing?
Testing is based on a highly accurate analysis of genetic profiles of the mother, child and alleged father. Deoxyribonucleic Acid ("DNA"), the unique genetic blueprint within each nucleated cell in the body, determines a person's genetic pattern and individual characteristics. A child inherits one-half of his or her genetic pattern from the mother and one-half from the father. If the mother's or child's patterns are known, the father's can be determined with virtual certainty.
Who Can Use DNA Testing?
- Adoption proceedings.
- Attorneys - Estate or Wills.
- Birth certificate applications.
- Child custody proceedings
- A man or woman needing biological proof of a child.
- An Individual wanting closure or peace of mind regarding his or her paternity.
- Child Support - A woman seeking child support from a man who denies he fathered her child.
- Divorce proceedings.
- DNA Banking - Someone wanting to store their DNA for 15 years.
- Immigration - A person seeking to immigrate into the U.S.
- Passport applications.
- Social Security Benefits - A person seeking to establish Social Security benefits or inheritance rights.
- Someone wanting to identify biological grandparents or siblings.
- Tax purposes.
- Those who have received inconclusive results from other methods or who simply want a "second opinion".
How Accurate is DNA Testing?
DNA testing is the most conclusive and widely accepted method for testing biological relationships. Our testing lab uses PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method which is the most advanced technology; therefore, we can provide the most accurate, definitive results in the industry. We guarantee results for legal testing with a probability of 99.99% or greater for inclusion and 100% certainty for exclusion.
When May Testing be Performed?
There are no age restrictions; because DNA makeup is determined at conception. Testing is possible even before birth, and newborns may be tested safely at delivery using umbilical cord blood or cheek (buccal) swab. Specimen may be collected even post mortem. Our lab's combined technologies are so powerful that the genetic patterns of a deceased father may be reconstructed from his parents, siblings or other proven biological children.
Do I Need a Court Order or Prescription for a Paternity Test?
No, In most states individuals can order paternity testing without a court order or a prescription. Except for New York State; a prescription from physician is required.
What if the Tested Parties Live in Different Cities? Must They go in Together For Specimen Collection?
We maintain an extensive network of local patient care centers nationwide; this allow us to coordinate specimen collection in different cities (at no additional cost). Parties being tested can arranged for separate appointment times and locations.
How Are Testing Specimens Collected?
Types of specimen collection options varies based on the test requested. The most frequent option is the cheek (buccal) swabs which is a painless and non-invasive method. Legal(chain of custody) test specimens are collected in our patient care center by a trained medical technician. Private (non-chain of custody) test specimens are collected by the tested parties in the privacy of their home. Please choose the type of testing carefully based on your specific need to avoid having to order a retest in the future.
What About Confidentiality?
We do not release test results to unauthorized individuals. Test results will only be released to the tested parties or their legal guardian(s) or attorney on record.
How Long Does It Take To Receive Results?
Standard paternity testing is routinely completed in 2 working days following receipt of the specimen(s) in the laboratory. Other types of testing may require additional time for completion. Rush testing is available at an additional cost. Call our DNA Consultants at (972) 656-1954 now for details.
How Will I Receive My Test Results?
Convenient client login and email. Original reports are mailed via US postal service to the tested parties or their legal guardian(s) or attorney on record.
How is a paternity test scheduled?
Please call us at: (972) 656-1954 or order online to begin the process of scheduling a paternity test. Upon receipt of necessary information and payment. Paternity Direct will identify the local facility closest to the persons being tested, schedule appointments for specimen collection, and notify those persons of the dates, times, and location via telephone, email or fax.
Is The Cost Of Testing Covered by Health Insurance Plan or Medicaid?
DNA testing to determine biological relationships is not considered to be a medically necessary procedure; therefore, it is NOT covered by health insurance plans or Medicaid.
How do I Pay For The Test?
Payment for the test can be made by Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express, Cashier's Check, Money Order or Attorney Trust Account Check.