Paternity Testing:
Frequently Asked Questions


Is the mother always tested?

No, but if she is, the paternity test may take less time and provide for a higher level of certainty. When the mother participates we are able to subtract her contribution to the child's DNA pattern before comparison to the tested man's.

Do I need a doctor's or lawyer's order for a paternity test?

No, most of our clients order and schedule paternity testing directly from their Paternity Testing Lab parentage testing specialist. If you want us to communicate with any involved relatives, doctors, or attorneys you must authorize us to do so.

Does the child have to be a certain age to have a DNA paternity test?

No, paternity can be established before the baby is born using a prenatal paternity test. Our NEW prenatal paternity test now makes it possible to get accurate answers in a safer way than ever before. DDC offers a variety of testing options, with payment plans. Each situation is unique, and testing can be arranged to fit your specific needs. We encourage you to call one of our paternity experts for a brief, confidential consultation.

What if the tested parties live in different cities? Must they go in together for paternity testing?

No, we have a worldwide network of collection centers. In many locations, medical personnel can come right to your home. You set the timing and arrangements when you schedule.

How are paternity testing samples collected?

We have a variety of paternity testing and collection options available including cheek (buccal) swabs. You can order the fully verified legal test or the more convenient home test depending on your needs and circumstances. Please choose carefully to avoid having to order a retest in the future.

What other types of parentage testing do you offer?

Paternity Testing Lab routinely performs the broadest spectrum of paternity and DNA identity tests available today. This allows us to report results with a high level of certainty even when key family members are unavailable. Here are some examples:

Available ONLY through Paternity Testing Lab, our Non-invasive prenatal paternity test is the most accurate non-invasive way to establish paternity before the baby is born. The process is state-of-the-art, combining the latest in DNA SNP microarray technology and proprietery methods of preserving and analyzing the baby's DNA found naturally in the mother's bloodstream.

Grand Paternity is called for when the father is unavailable. It is a straightforward paternity test when both of his parents are available for testing and there is no doubt as to his parentage.

Kinship Analysis is a more complicated paternity test because the family relationships must be determined using fewer and more distantly related individuals, such as the child's Aunts and Uncles or Brothers and Sisters. It is possible using the most advanced of DNA testing methods to determine if two people are siblings, half-siblings or unrelated.

Deceased individuals can be tested using medical, funerary, or abandoned biological materials. Often these are routine, but they may involve serious criminal charges and difficult-to-work-with samples. We have extensive experience and an outstanding, courtroom proven record with these cases. If the date of death is recent, call immediately to discuss the circumstances to prevent the loss of easily obtainable samples.

How long does DNA testing take?

Paternity testing reports are typically mailed five to seven working days following receipt of the samples. We will fax or e-mail them at your request. Rush testing in one or three days is available at additional cost. Call your DNA paternity specialist at 1 800 523-6487 now for details.

What about confidentiality?

Information of any kind regarding a case will not be released to anyone other than the tested parties and their named representatives without written order.

Is paternity testing covered by health insurance or Medicaid?

Paternity testing is not considered to be a medically necessary procedure; therefore, it is not covered by health insurance or Medicaid.

Can parentage be determined by blood types?

Although blood typing was once used as a tool in determining parentage, this system is completely inconclusive. Even the most uncommon blood type is shared with at least 10% of the population, meaning millions of other men are just as likely to be the father. Elimination by blood type is also inconclusive because it does not take natural mutation into account.

How will I receive my results?

Reports are mailed to all tested adults and their designated representatives. Reports can be sent by fax if requested, but can not be given over the telephone. The report is a confidential, notarized legal document that has a scientific description of the genetic patterns. Information is also included that explains the results in everyday language.

How do I pay for the test?

Payment for the test can be made by cash, personal check, money order, check by phone, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. Payment plans and financing are also available. Results are not released until financing has been fully approved or full payment has been received.

Questions? Call us at 1-800-523-6487
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