What Happens During Paternity Testing?

Paternity testing is used to prove a blood relationship between a suspected father and children. Establishing paternity can grant a father legal and parental responsibilities. Some courts could order a father to pay child support after proving paternity. Test results may be used to prove inheritance rights or benefit entitlement. Many people have misconceptions about what paternity testing involves. Learn more about the testing process at Test Smartly Labs:

The Paternity Testing Process

1. Ordering Paternity Testing

A man may request a paternity test if he believes he has fathered a child and wishes to establish a relationship. A mother may request a paternity test if she wants to prove a man is the father of her child. A judge may order paternity testing in family law court. Any paternity test that is court ordered must adhere to a strict chain-of-custody protocol.

2. Paternity Test Scheduling

Home testing is allowed when the paternity test has not been court-ordered. However, the process is more complicated when the testing results are used to make legal decisions. Test Smartly Labs provides paternity testing appointments.  An alleged father can schedule his appointment separate from the child’s mother to avoid a confrontation, if necessary.

3. Collecting Samples

First, a lab employee performs a cheek swab on the child and the alleged father. This non-invasive collection technique provides a sample that can be used to prove parentage with 99.99 percent accuracy. Careful chain-of-custody procedures are observed to guarantee that the test results will be confidential and accurate

4. Confidential Results Delivered

Test Smartly Labs uses sophisticated equipment to conclusively determine whether or not the man in question is, or is not, the father of the child. The results are confidentially sealed and sent to the court so the judge can render a decision.

Test Smartly Labs provides accurate, confidential paternity tests. To learn more about our DNA Testing Services, contact Test Smartly Labs today at (816) 800-9699. We have five locations in the greater Kansas City area!

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