Lab-Based Paternity Testing vs. an Over-the-Counter Paternity Test Kit

As paternity testing providers in the Kansas City area, we receive a lot of calls inquiring about the differences between lab-based paternity testing and over-the-counter paternity test kit you see at the drugstore or online.

We’re all about DIY, except when it comes to matters that can have huge legal and personal repercussions. That’s why we think it’s key that you know what separates lab-based paternity testing from the at-home kits, particularly if you are pondering which one to buy!

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Four Reasons Why Now is a Great Time for a DNA Test

Every new year, we notice an increase in interest for our DNA testing services. Since we pride ourselves on being discreet and respecting our clients’ privacy, we can’t say for certain why DNA testing spikes in popularity in the winter months — but we have done some thinking on the matter and identified 4 reasons why DNA testing seems well-suited for this time of year.

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What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There is a variety of paternity testing available to help parents confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll take a look at your paternity testing options. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should be aware of all the facts.

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Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?

DNA testing determines the identity of a child’s father. These tests are usually conducted with the suspected father’s knowledge and participation, like when paternity confirmation is required for child support or custody purposes. Continue reading “Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?” »

The Difference Between a Legal and a Non-Legal DNA Test

If you’re wanting to complete a DNA test for fun, you’ve probably considered purchasing a test kit online. In certain situations, a DNA test isn’t always the way to go. There are vital differences that separate home kits and lab tests, including the fact that lab-based DNA testing is court admissible while home-based testing is not. Why is a court admissible DNA test preferred over a home test? Here are some ways in which legal tests and non-legal tests differ.

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Can a Baby Have a Different Eye Color Than Both of His or Her Parents?

Even though most individuals are taught rudimentary genetics in high school biology class, when it comes time for the real-world application of these lessons in real life, it can be tough to recall the fundamentals of genetics.

For instance, one inquiry we field sometimes when most people consult us about paternity DNA testing? “Is it possible for two blue eyed parents have a brown eyed baby?”

There is some confusion when it comes to this topic! Read on for the answer.

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Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know

If you are ordered by a court to get a DNA test for a custody hearing, you want to know that your sample is secure from the beginning of the process until the very end. Test Smartly Labs carefully follows Chain of Custody procedures to make sure that the sample’s integrity is intact in case it is needed for evidence. Learn more about the Chain of Custody and why it’s important in some paternity cases:  Continue reading “Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know” »

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:

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