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Establishing Biological Relationships for Legal Proceedings
Private vs. Legal DNA Testing
Private DNA Relationship Testing
Private DNA tests are primarily for personal knowledge and peace of mind. Results from private tests are not admissible in a court of law.
- Convenience: Easily collect cheek swab samples from the comfort of your home.
- Complete Privacy: Discreet and confidential results for your peace of mind.
- High Accuracy: Benefit from the same level of accuracy as our legal tests, without the strict documentation requirements.
- Individuals seeking answers for peace of mind only.
- Families investigating biological relationships privately.
Legal DNA Relationship Testing
Legal DNA tests provide court-admissible results for legal reasons, such as child support, custody disputes, or immigration cases.
- Chain of Custody: DNA samples must be collected by an impartial third-party and sent directly to the lab.
- Identity: Participants are required to provide identification and fingerprints to ensure it’s the right person being tested.
- Detailed Reporting: Results are presented with full documentation suitable for legal matters.
- Resolving child custody or child maintenance disputes.
- Immigration cases requiring evidence of relationships.
- Establishing inheritance or estate rights
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to choose an accredited laboratory?
Selecting an accredited DNA testing laboratory is essential for several reasons. Firstly, accreditation serves as a mark of legitimacy and trustworthiness. It assures you that the laboratory meets stringent standards and follows established protocols to ensure accurate and reliable testing.
Accreditation also guarantees the highest quality of testing. Accredited laboratories undergo comprehensive evaluations by reputable organizations to assess their proficiency and competence. By choosing an accredited laboratory, you can have confidence in the precision and integrity of your test results.
At Genetrack, we take pride in being one of the few DNA laboratories worldwide to have received all major internationally recognized and prestigious DNA laboratory accreditations. These include the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and ISO/IEC 17025, a testament to our commitment to upholding the highest standards in DNA testing.
How long does the testing take?
Once we receive your samples, testing begins immediately, and results are usually ready within 1 to 2 business days. You can access your results securely online through your secure online account.
Is the home DNA test as accurate as the legal DNA test?
Yes, the home DNA test is just as accurate as the legal DNA test. Both tests are performed in our accredited laboratory and use the same advanced technology and rigorous testing procedures to analyze the DNA samples. The results from both tests are equally accurate and reliable.
The main difference between the two tests is not the accuracy of the results, but the method of sample collection and the documentation process. For a home DNA test, you collect the samples yourself at home, while for a legal DNA test, the sample collection must be witnessed by a neutral third party, such as a medical professional or a legal representative, to maintain a chain of custody. This chain of custody process is what makes the results of a legal DNA test admissible in court.
So, if you need the test results for legal purposes, such as child custody cases, child support disputes, inheritance claims, or immigration applications, you would need to opt for the legal DNA test. If you're simply seeking to confirm a biological relationship for personal knowledge, the home DNA test would be sufficient.
Can the kit be shipped to more than one address if the parties live in different cities?
Absolutely! If the participants live in different cities or even different countries, we offer the flexibility to ship the DNA test kit to multiple addresses. To request a split kit, simply provide the names and addresses where each kit should be mailed in the comments section of the order form and include a note saying "please split this kit". Please note that an additional fee of $10 will apply per additional address.
Each component in the kit is labelled with barcodes that are specific to your test order. This means that even if you choose to split the kit and send the respective components to each party for sample collection, the samples will still be tested together once they arrive at the laboratory. This ensures that all samples are correctly matched to your test order, providing accurate and reliable results.
Can newborns take a paternity test?
Yes, there is no age limit for DNA testing so our relationship DNA tests can be performed on infants as well as adults. The DNA sample is collected using a simple and painless cheek swab.