Court Admissible Paternity Test


A court-admissible paternity test is a DNA test used to establish the biological relationship between an alleged father and a child for legal purposes.


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How does Legal Paternity Testing differ from normal Paternity Testing?

Court-admissible paternity tests differ from at-home tests in the following ways:

  1. Chain of custody: To ensure that the test results are legally admissible, a strict chain of custody must be maintained throughout the entire testing process. This involves verifying the identity of the test participants, using tamper-evident packaging, and ensuring that a neutral third party, such as a medical professional or an accredited laboratory representative, collects and handles the samples.
  2. Accredited laboratory: The paternity test must be performed by an accredited laboratory that meets the standards set by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) or another recognized accrediting body. These laboratories follow rigorous protocols to ensure accurate and reliable results.
  3. Documentation: Proper documentation must be provided, including photo identification of the test participants, consent forms, and other relevant paperwork. This documentation is necessary to establish the authenticity of the samples and the test results.
  4. DNA testing method: The most common method for paternity testing is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, which analyzes specific regions of the DNA called Short Tandem Repeats (STRs). These regions are highly variable between individuals, making it possible to determine the probability of paternity with high accuracy, usually over 99.99%.
  5. Test results: The results of a court-admissible paternity test are usually provided in the form of a notarized report that can be submitted as evidence in court. The report will detail the testing method used, the DNA profiles of the test participants, and the statistical probability of the alleged father being the biological father of the child.

Sample Type

  • Buccal swab

Different types of Paternity Testing?

Applied InGENuity offers a number of different paternity testing options

  • Standard paternity – When samples are taken from the child, the mother and potential father
  • Motherless paternity – When the child and potential father is available without the mother

Turnaround time

  • Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
  • Test turnaround time for paternity testing is  typically 3-4 business days.  Express testing can be conducted for an additional charge

Patient Preparation

  • No special preparation required

Chain of Custody

  • For legal paternity testing.  Chain of Custody is established in our laboratory.  All parties must provide government ID for proof of identity

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