Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a few of the more commonly asked questions
about DNA testing, as well as our answers. If you still
have questions please visit the
contact page to reach us
by phone or email.
Are paternity tests
For our most basic DNA test,
the process is fast and pain-free. It's as simple as rubbing a
cotton swab on the inside of your cheek.
After a DNA test is done,
how can I get the results from you?
Once the results are
available, there are three different ways in which you can
receive them. You can pick the results up from our office, have
them mailed to you by our lab, or you can receive the results by
Can you test the father's
DNA without doing a mouth swab?
You can provide us with the
alleged father's ear wax from a Q-Tip, fingernail clippings, or
a used toothbrush. If you provide us with a hair sample, it must
contain the actual hair follicle/root (can't be hair cut off
Can a paternity test be
done before a baby is born?
Yes. There is a
prenatal paternity test
that can be done while the mother is still pregnant. This new
form of testing is also safer than old methods.
How soon can a baby be
given a DNA test?
Even if the child is one day
old, the cotton swab test can be done.
Can a DNA test be done at
home, and not at your lab?
Yes. A self-collection kit
can be picked up from our office. You can do the collection
(simple mouth swab) yourself, and then return the kit to us.
Within three working days, the test results will be available.
Can I have a DNA test done
If you simply want to know if
a child is yours, and don't plan on taking the results to a
court, we can offer you a "peace of mind" test. The
results of this test can't be used for legal reasons, so I.D.
A father will bring a child
to our location, both father and child are given a mouth swab,
and the test results will be available in three working days.
Can our DNA test results
be used for legal needs?
A legal test is one given
after we have been provided with proper identification. A
non-legal test is one given just for your peace of mind.
If you are seeking child
support, custody, or to have a name removed from a birth
certificate (if parent listed is not the biological father), you
will need to provide I.D. and receive a test that can be used
for legal reasons.
Does an attorney have to
be there when I am given a DNA test?
No. Although you typically
need an attorney to help you with legal proceedings related to
custody and child support, an attorney does not have to be
present when you are tested.
Can a DNA test prove that
someone is cheating?
We offer an
infidelity DNA test
that can determine if someone has been unfaithful. Because
this process involves testing for semen, however, we can only
test clothes worn by women to find out if they have cheated.
If you provide us with an
article of the woman's clothing, we can test it for the presence
of semen. If semen is discovered, we can also test your own DNA
by rubbing your inside cheek with a cotton swab. We then
compare your DNA with that found on the woman's clothing.
Can paternity test results
be used to help a child collect Supplement Security Income if
the father passes away?
If the potential father of a
child dies, a legal DNA test result is needed in order for the
child to receive SSI benefits from the government.
How accurate is your DNA
test? Can a test result show that I have a 50-50 chance of being
If you are not the biological
father of a child, your test result will always be 0% no matter
how many times you are given the test. But if you are the
biological father of a child, the test result will always be
99%. You will never get a result that says there is a 20,
30 or 50% chance that you are the father. The result will always
be either 0% or 99%.
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