Legally admissible paternity DNA tests are often necessary in cases of child support, child custody, adoption, court order, birth certificate, will or estate, tax forms, or other legal reasons.
A legally admissible paternity DNA test requires that all tested parties have their DNA samples collected, handled, and tested by an AABB-Accredited laboratory like Universal Genetics / Advanced Genetics. In order for a legally admissible DNA test to be considered valid by government agencies or immigration authorities (U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and USCIS), “Chain of Custody” for each of the participants in the case needs to be preserved.
Chain of Custody is the chronological documentation, showing the collection, custody, control, transfer, analysis, and disposition of evidence. In a legally admissible paternity DNA Test, it means proper identification of the tested parties and proper collection and handling of the specimens, all of which is documented. In addition, AABB requires that everyone involved in the testing process from the specimen collector to the DNA analyst be a third party who has no interest in the outcome of the test. Only DNA test results generated following proper Chain of Custody procedures are legally admissible and accepted by government agencies and immigration authorities such as U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, USCIS, and Passport Agencies.
Our laboratory has one of the largest networks of Collection Sites across the U.S. that will be able to preserve Chain of Custody for your legally admissible Paternity DNA Test, so finding a convenient location near you would be easy.
IMPORTANT NOTE THAT APPLIES TO NEW YORK RESIDENTS ONLY:
According to NYSDOH (New York State Department of Health) guidelines, we are NOT able to offer this service for New York state residents without first obtaining an immigration request, a doctor’s prescription, or court order.