FAQs

Paternity and Relationship Testing FAQs

 Q: What is a DNA Paternity Test?

Ans:  A DNA paternity test is a test that is carried out to determine if a man is the biological father of a child.

Q: Is a DNA test 100% accurate?

Ans: DNA testing is generally considered to be the most accurate testing method currently available to establish a relationship between two individuals or between a suspect and DNA evidence recovered from a crime scene. DNA paternity testing can show that a man is highly likely to be the father with about 99.9% accuracy, or that he is excluded as being the father with 100% accuracy.

Q: What is a legal relationship test?

Ans: A relationship test that can be presented in court or for immigration purposes. This may require more proof of identification for validity.

Q: What is a peace of mind relationship test?

Ans: This is a DNA test done to find out if a man and woman are the true biological parents of a child.

Q: How long does it take to obtain a result after a DNA test?

Ans: Although the standard turnaround time is 3-4 weeks for routine cases, depending on the method of choice and urgency, DNA test results can be ready in 90 min.

Q: Do I need an appointment to come for a DNA test?

Ans: Although you do not need an appointment, we recommend you make an appointment to avoid a long wait. In addition, since we tailor each client’s experience to their specific situation, it would be better for us to have a conversation in advance before coming in to do the test.

We are closed on all government holidays.

Q: Will my DNA test result be kept confidential?

Ans: Yes, the results of each test are only given to the authorized individuals that you specify prior to testing. Then results will not be disclosed to anyone. All results are protected to the full extent permitted by law.

Q: How old does a child need to be before testing?

Ans: DNA testing can be performed on individuals at any age. However, all minors (under the age of 18) must have the consent of the parent or a legal guardian before testing can be carried out.

Q: Does the mother need to be tested during a DNA paternity test?

Ans: No. A conclusive answer regarding paternity can be obtained without testing the mother. However, in the case of a maternity test, the mother must be tested.

Q: Can paternity be determined if the alleged father is not available for testing?

Ans: Yes. If the alleged father is deceased, forensic DNA testing can be considered using items which may contain the alleged father’s DNA. Forensic DNA testing can be performed on anything that has biological material from the alleged father such as an old toothbrush, electric razor, blood stains, saliva stains, and bone or teeth from an exhumation. If it is not possible to obtain a forensic sample for the alleged father, testing his direct relatives can be considered.