Many people find themselves in a position where they need to prove the paternity of a child becomes necessary. If you are the mother or father of a child and the parentage isn’t certain, you may have thought about getting a DNA test done to prove paternity.
It seems that recently the use of DNA testing is a big topic in the news, both locally and nationally. We watch television shows that utilize DNA testing to solve crimes, we may even know people who have had testing done. With all the information floating around about DNA testing, its accuracy, and its need, there are still basic questions that most people don’t have answers for.
DNA testing is the most often used and reliable method of establishing paternity for children today. The results of a DNA test are so accurate that they are admissible in court cases. The test its self is simple. A vigorous swab of the inside of the cheek is done on the child and any possible fathers that may be involved.
The swabs are then sent to a laboratory where several DNA tests are run to determine if there are any matches. If there are matches detected on more than 2 of the tests done, then a biological relationship has been proven. When the relationship has been proven in 2 or more tests, the results are 99.0% conclusive as to the paternity of the child.
Since DNA from the donor is the same in every cell, there are several other ways it can be collected. DNA samples can be gotten through blood, hair, skin cells, pretty much anywhere on the body. However, since often very young children are involved in this procedure the use of the cheek swab is the least painful and invasive for them.
There are other reasons to use this method also, it is one of the more private ways to collect and submit DNA samples to the laboratory. The donors do not need to be in the same location, in fact, they can be separated by states without effecting the outcome of the test results.
After doing research and deciding that DNA testing is the right choice for your situation and your family, you might still have questions on how to get the testing completed. Talking to your doctor is probably the best place to start; the Dr. will be able to direct you to a reputable laboratory.
There are also dozens of companies that offer private DNA testing that you can do from home. These companies operate mostly over the internet, so your anonymity remains intact. The DNA test takes about 8-10 days to process and get results, usually through the mail. However, in an emergency case, the tests can be rushed, sometimes in as little as 72 hours.
If you choose to have a DNA test performed on your child, please consider every outcome that is possible. Be sure that having a DNA test done is the right choice for your family situation.
The results of the test are 99.0% conclusive and can not be taken back if they are not what you expected or wanted. They may lead to other more undesirable results.