Do you need a legal or in-home paternity test?
DNA and paternity tests are typically taken to answer important questions about biological relationships. They are often taken to:
- Provide peace of mind and satisfy curiosity, and/or
- Use as evidence in legal cases such as child support and others (see below).
These two purposes require the same high quality DNA testing services, but they have different requirements for DNA sample collection.
Peace of Mind: In-Home Paternity Testing
You can collect the DNA test samples in the comfort of your own home with peace of mind or curiosity in-home paternity tests. The results of such testing are of the highest quality, but because we cannot verify the origin of each of the DNA test samples, in-home paternity tests may not be admissible in court.
Evidence in Court: Legal Paternity Testing
Paternity test results can be used for many different legal purposes, including child support and child custody cases, estate and inheritance determination, and immigration and adoption. To ensure that the DNA test results are legally defensible, you must undergo legal paternity testing through which chain of custody is maintained. The legal DNA test is the same high quality DNA test as the in-home paternity test, but all of the samples must be collected by a neutral third party, never by you or another tested party.