Perhaps you have seen the popular television talk show in which the host states with a resounding voice, “You are not the father.” Maybe you know someone who has taken a paternity test. You might even be considering taking a paternity test yourself. No matter the reason, you have questions, and we have answers.
How Do I Get Tested?
If you are ordered by a court to obtain a paternity test, you will be provided with information. If, on the other hand, you are interested in a test for non-legal reasons, you can order one from one of the many DNA Paternity testing companies in today’s marketplace.
How Long Does a Test Take?
Once a laboratory receives your sample, a test can be completed in just a few days. If your test is needed faster than that, tests can be expedited.
What Types of Paternity Tests Are There?
There are two types of paternity tests: Legal and non-legal. A legal paternity test will be conducted in a hospital or laboratory in order to provide a chain of evidence. A non-legal paternity test, on the other hand, can be completed in your home and sent to your chosen laboratory.
How Do I Choose a DNA Paternity Testing Company?
If you want to be sure that you are giving your money to a reputable company, look for one that has been accredited by AABB. Most government agencies and courts require that any DNA company they work with is accredited by this organization.
Is a Paternity Test Expensive?
If you are required to take a legal DNA paternity test, you can expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $500 for the test. This cost includes sample collection and testing. If you want to take a non-legal test, prices range from approximately $30 for a kit that does not include the cost of testing, to $250.
What Type of Sample Do I Have to Provide?
Depending on the type of DNA paternity test you are taking, legal or non-legal, you may be asked to provide a blood sample or a buccal swab. A buccal swab is taken from the inside of the cheek and is absolutely painless.
DNA paternity testing is not just the stuff of talk shows. Paternity tests can take an emotional toll and can have lifelong consequences. If you are ordered to take a DNA paternity test by a court, you may not have much in the way of options. If, on the other hand, you are choosing to take a paternity DNA test on your own, research the company you choose before spending your money.
If you need assistance with a paternity issue in Orlando, reach out to our office. Our lawyers will review your case and advise you of your legal options and assist you in protecting your rights. Call today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discover more about how we can help you.