Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How old must a child be to participate in a DNA test?
There is no minimum age for a child to be tested.
Pre-birth DNA Testing requires mothers to be minimum 8 weeks pregnant at the time of testing.
What is a “legal” or court admissible DNA test?
The results of a court admissible test include legal documents and therefore can be used in a court of law and for other legal reasons. The results of over the counter “private” testing can only be used for personal knowledge and will not hold up in court. We don’t recommend this option if the parties are needing documentation now or in the future.
Do I need a court order to have testing performed?
NO. A court order is not required. Anyone can schedule a court admissible DNA test. Remember, the results of a DNA test never expire. Although you may not need the results to be court admissible now, you may in the future.
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
YES. You must contact us to schedule an appointment. Required paperwork and instructions will need to be discussed along with payment prior to appointment. We do not accept Walk-In’s. Same day and after hours appointments can be arranged.
Is it possible to determine if a recently deceased person is the father?
YES. There are options. Special arrangements must be in place with the funeral home/ hospital prior to testing. Please speak with our staff regarding handling DNA Paternity Banking / testing for the deceased. We will work directly with the surviving family members and Funeral Director to ensure complete dignity, compassion, and privacy is extended to each love one tested. Ask about our DNA paternity Banking service.
Does my Insurance cover the cost of DNA testing?
NO, DNA testing for the purpose of establishing paternity is not a health related test. There are no CPT codes available, and which are required by insurance companies. Therefore, this testing is not a covered service.
Will you provide mobile collections?
Yes, We will gladly schedule local Hospital, client home, or Attorney's office for testing. Please ask our staff for the list of hospitals we cover. There is an additional fee for mobile collections.
Can DNA be changed?
Yes and No- DNA from tissue cells could only be changed in rare circumstances, as me be the case following a bone marrow transplant. Drugs, alcohol, or diet will not affect the test. Neither food consumption will affect- except if the prior eaten food has left the mouth with residue, the collection technician may ask you to rinse out your mouth prior to collection as the residue may contaminate the swab with mold.
Do all parties have to submit a sample together?
No- They can be scheduled at different times in different locations.
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