Many of our clients use their legal paternity test results to settle family law matters (such as child support/custody or visitation rights), immigration applications or appeals, birth certificate changes or to resolve inheritance issues.
Our laboratory has been accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.
Our legal DNA paternity testing service adheres to a strict chain of custody; this enables our test results to be legally accepted in courts of law. The chain of custody is a documentation process that shows:
DNA samples were collected by a neutral third party, such as a doctor, a nurse, or a Genetic Discovery consultant.
The tested individuals were accurately identified at their DNA sample collection appointment(s).
All samples were protected with security packaging at the collection site and were securely dispatched to our laboratory. Once received by our laboratory personnel, they were systematically inspected for any interference.
How does a DNA Paternity Test Work?
A child is passed DNA from his or her biological parents, approximately half from both mother and father. Scientists can therefore analyse a child’s genetic profile with that of an alleged father and confirm patterns of inheritance. The profiles of a biologically related parent and child will confirm patterns of genetic inheritance.