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Paternity Testing Facts

Did you know…

  • In 2010, 24.87% of men tested for paternity were proved not to be the father, according to the AABB 2010 annual report.
  • Paternity testing often involves a cheek swab, a quick and non-invasive collection method.
  • If parents are unwed, a child may not have a legal father until paternity is established.
  • Grandparents, aunts and uncles are able to submit DNA for paternity testing if a parent is unavailable
  • Hair, toothbrushes and fingernail clippings can all be used for paternity testing. (Please note that paternity testing results are only legally-admissible if DNA specimens are collected directly from the source).

If you need to solve the question of a child’s paternity, ARCpoint Labs can help. We provide accurate, reliable paternity testing services to resolve any questions, whether you want the information for personal research and curiosity reasons, or whether you need the results for a legal purpose. We make sure all our test results are legally-admissible by only using American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) certified laboratories for our paternity testing analysis. Only trained, certified professionals collect and handle specimens using chain of custody guidelines. Our court-admissible paternity testing services are viable to use in hearings and judicial matters.

Non-Invasive Prenatal (Pre-birth) Paternity Testing

Safe, accurate DNA testing is now available to identify the biological father of a baby during the mother’s pregnancy. Pregnant mothers unsure of the paternity of an unborn baby have a safe option for determining the father with certainty, without waiting till after the baby is born. Other prenatal testing, such as amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) test, have been linked to miscarriage.

This process is possible because fetal DNA is present in a blood sample from the pregnant mother. With pre-birth paternity testing at ARCpoint Labs, our trained lab technicians collect a sample of the mother’s blood to compare with the alleged father’s DNA, obtained from a buccal (cheek) swab. Pre-birth paternity testing can be performed as early as eight weeks into the pregnancy and boasts an accuracy over 99%.

This kind of test is important and helpful in a number of sensitive situations. In many states, a court can’t order a paternity test to determine support until after the baby is born. That means the mother may not receive financial or emotional support from the baby’s father during her pregnancy. But if they know for sure they are the father, many men will voluntarily commit to financially and emotionally support the mother during her pregnancy. This improves health of the unborn baby, the mother, and the long term relationship of the new parents going forward.

In the unfortunate situation where a pregnant woman is the victim of a rape near the time her baby is conceived, there may be a question as to whether her partner or husband is the father. Before this non-invasive, early detection, prenatal dna test was available, the only tests that could prove paternity were risky, expensive, and could not be done until a later stage of the pregnancy. The stress of the uncertainty of their trauma lead some mothers to discontinue the pregnancy at an early stage without full knowledge as to whether the baby was fathered by her partner or husband. This test can help people make better informed decisions in these kinds of traumatic situations.

Need more information on pre-birth paternity testing? Contact your local ARCpoint Labs to schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation with a DNA specialist that will answer all of your questions.

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