All DNA tests are NOT court admissible. DNA Paternity tests that need to be court admissible have to go through a strict collection protocol. A lot of time and money can be saved by finding out first if your DNA test is court admissible.
Reasons for Paternity Tests to be Court Admissible: There can be a number of reasons for ordering a court admissible DNA Paternity Test. It could be to determine full or partial custody of a child or to determine child support. Many times court admissible DNA tests might be required to determine inheritance. Whatever the reason – having all the information up front is necessary before you do a DNA test.
Court admissible DNA testing is a three-part process:
- DNA Sample Collection: An independent third-party must collect the DNA sample for the test to be court admissible. The independent collector must verify the identity of the parties providing the sample – including the child. This requires providing a valid photo I.D.
- Chain of Custody: The protocol and steps taken to transport the samples to the lab is referred to as Chain of Custody. Courts view the Chain of Custody to make sure that the sample was in the possession of acceptable third parties from the point of collection to actual testing. This ensures that samples were not switched after collection and the integrity was maintained at all times.
- Testing: The laboratory should be recognized by the courts as acceptable for DNA testing – at a minimum an AABB accredited lab.
At ARCpoint Labs we specialize in court admissible DNA testing and work with a nationally recognized AABB accredited lab. Contact us at (508) 281-0501 for more information.