There are 4 things you should consider before deciding if a home paternity test is right for you:
1) Consider the reason you’re taking a paternity test in the first place. If you’re simply interested in the results for a little peace of mind, then a home test will be just fine. However, a home paternity test won’t cut the cake if you need to determine paternity for legal purposes, since the results from a home test will not be valid court. You’ll need to go back and get a legal paternity test anyway. There goes the savings you may have originally been seeking!
2) If the child is under 18, it is always better to get a legal test. There are simply too many legal issues with children to waste valuable time and money on a home test. Legal tests can be used in birth certificate changes, custody battles, wills, estates, etc.; home tests offer none of those advantages.
3) If the child is out of the country, and coming to a clinic is just not possible, then a home test is a good and accurate option. Just keep in mind that it can’t be used for anything except peace of mind.
4) Finally, if you’re both adults, you’re comfortable following the instructions on the kit, and there are no legal matters at stake, either now or in the future…then, a home test a great choice. Swab away!
The accuracy of your home paternity test is as equally important as the need for privacy and ease of testing. Just how accurate are home paternity tests, though?
3 factors to consider:
the quality of the lab you choose
the quality of the kit that you purchase
how well you follow the directions (customer service you receive after purchase to help with collection)
Once you’re certain that you can lock down your part of the test, you can then focus on finding a reputable and certified company with a good accuracy track record; the ball will be in their court once you send off your swabs loaded with DNA. Your best bet is to research the company performing the analysis in an effort to make the most informed decision possible.
Not all home paternity tests are created equal!
3 differences between various company’s home DNA tests include:
1) The number of genetic markers included in the analysis.
2) The number of times they run the analysis
3) The proficiency of the company and people that analyze the data and make the determination.
The bottom line is this: companies that offer low cost home DNA tests save money by testing fewer genetic markers tested (which reduces the statistical probabilities of the results) and running the specimens once (instead of twice). And what kind of statistical experts are these $69 DNA testing companies hiring, anyway? Can they really afford to pay the best and brightest?
Consider the qualifications of the lab used to analyze the test first and foremost. Ideally, the lab processing your test should be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and certified by the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendment. Having these stamps of approval is proof that the lab has passed some pretty tough tests and inspections prior to performing any tests of their own.
Think about it: there are a lot of places to save money in life. Is a paternity test one of those places you should be bargain shopping? The old adage applies: You get what you pay for. Luckily, your search for a top quality at home paternity test with lab has been found with My Forever DNA.
What Makes a Paternity Test Admissible in Court?
A legal DNA paternity test should be performed if the paternity test report will be used for any legal purpose. This would include establishing paternity for Social Security, child support, inheritance, health insurance, or any other time that proof of paternity is necessary.
An Informational (non-legal) DNA paternity test may be used when the information is only for personal informational purposes. There are a variety of circumstances when a non-legal paternity test is adequate. An adult child may wish to verify that the man who raised them is truly their biological father, or a legal father of a child may be less than certain that the child is truly his biological child, or any time that the test will not be used to establish identity or for a legal purpose. A non-legal DNA paternity test is for personal knowledge only. It is of no use for legal purposes.
To be admissible in court a DNA paternity test must meet two requirements.
First, the test must be performed by a DNA paternity testing laboratory that is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
Second, the DNA specimens used in the DNA paternity test must have been collected, shipped and stored in a manner that establishes a good chain of custody for the specimens. This allows the DNA paternity testing laboratory to prove that the individuals whose names appear on the paternity test are truly the individuals who provided the DNA samples that were DNA paternity tested.
The chain of custody begins with the DNA specimen collector attaching a picture of the collected individuals to the form used to collect the DNA specimens (often referred to as a Specimen Collection Form or Chain of Custody Form). The DNA collector also checks a photo ID such as a driver’s license, Additional procedures may also be followed. The specimens must then be shipped to the paternity laboratory and stored at the laboratory in a manner that ensures the security of the specimens.
My Forever DNA is proud to announce that we offer Prenatal DNA Testing to the Omaha Metro area at our office 6918 Maple Street, Omaha, NE. Prenatal DNA Testing can be as early as 4 weeks into pregnancy with results back typically in 5-7 business days. No extra charge for additional alleged father samples. We do a blood draw from the mother and mouth swab of the alleged father. Don’t want the father to know? NO PROBLEM! We just need a toothbrush, dental floss, ear wax, or an item with a spot of blood. Call to setup an appointment at 402.639.1221.