Relationship & Paternity Testing
Paternity testing, or DNA testing in general, might conjure up images of trashy daytime talk shows or rare immigration stories. In actuality, it’s a very common need of many men and women.
At Test Smartly Labs, we’ve come across nearly every reason under the sun as to why somebody needs a DNA test. We’re here to provide the most important answers with accuracy you can count on.
When would you require a relationship DNA test?
Relationship DNA tests most often deal with families (and all of the complications that could come with them)! Here are some of the most frequent reasons people need our help with DNA testing in their own families:
- Prove or disprove someone is the father (paternity testing) or mom (maternity testing)
- Prove or disprove someone is the father/mother of a child by testing grandparents (grandparentage testing)
- Determine whether two people are full or half siblings (siblingship testing)
- Check if twins are fraternal or identical (twin zygosity testing)
Whether you need DNA testing for custody, child support, inheritance, name changes, or general info and/or peace of mind, we can help.
How many need DNA testing to prove family relationship?
All DNA tests require samples from at least two individuals. Oftentimes, incorporating the DNA of more people in the family tree can help with the precision of results.
Since genes have variants (called alleles), they can be expressed differently from person to person. That’s why we don’t all look exactly the same! However, because of these variants, when you’re testing for family relations, the more people willing to provide samples, the more complete picture of a biological family you will get..
Legal vs. Non-Legal DNA Tests
Non-legal DNA testing may be preferred if you’re collecting DNA samples independently or anonymously.
Legal DNA testing, on the other hand, requires special handling, tracking, and observation. In issues of inheritance, taxes, adoption, or custody, results need to follow chain-of-custody procedures to allow them to be utilized as evidence in legal records.
This entails a certain process of collection and a neutral opinion. Oftentimes, special documentation for the the collection, processing and outcomes will be required. There are several advantages to obtaining a legal test that follows chain of custody.
At Test Smartly Labs, we are accredited and follow proper procedures to ensure the results can be used for any situation you may need.
Immigration DNA Testing
Immigration DNA testing can play a significant role when somebody’s trying to acquire a visa application – particularly in the event that you need to establish biological relationships.
At Test Smartly Labs, we operate with AABB-accredited labs for immigration DNA testing to ensure the DNA test results meet the requirements of the Department of State’s visa review procedure.
Learn more about Relationship and Paternity DNA testing.