Whatever your need for a legal DNA paternity test, you can save time and money knowing your Tomo paternity test is legally admissible in court. Read more below on the process of legal paternity testing and who can request a test.
Legal paternity tests are often needed to prove paternity in court cases such as child support, child custody, change of name, or US Visa and immigration. Legal results can also be used for insurance purposes, social security benefits, and IRS tax deductions or claims. These tests are also referred to as chain-of-custody tests. “Chain-of-custody” refers to the process of preparing and sending the sample to the lab. For such tests to be considered court admissible, the sample is required to be collected by an unrelated third party, such as Tomo Drug Testing, that has no interest in the test outcome.
Who can request a test?
Depending on your city, county or state, individuals that can request a legal paternity test include:
- Alleged mother or father
- Legally recognized mother or father
- An adult child or a minor child’s representative
- Legal guardian or custodian
- Government social service representative
- Prosecuting attorney
What is the process?
Step 1: Collection – Once arriving at our facility, our staff will confirm your identity and begin legal paternity testing paperwork including photographs of those tested, written consent of tested parties and/or the legal guardian or court. When ready, our technicians carefully extract a sample by cheek swab.
Step 2: Transportation – Once collected, DNA samples are sent securely in tamper-proof packaging to our accredited laboratory. Courts review a chain of custody to determine validity of results.
Step 3: Lab Testing – Once the sample arrives at the lab, it is tested two separate times by independent teams. The results are then reviewed by the lab’s in-house team of PhDs.
Step 4: Results – Once testing has been reviewed, the testing is complete. The report is posted to your secure online account within 1-2 business days after all samples are received at the lab. Then, a legal document that is admissible in court is mailed to all tested parties.
What should be avoided?
Don’t proceed in testing without the guidance of an attorney, or court.
Don’t wait to start the testing process if you don’t have to.
Do not attempt to tamper with your DNA test in any way. It can result in fines and jail time.
If you need assistance with your testing needs, contact Tomo Drug Testing for help. Based in Springfield (MO), Rolla (MO), Indianapolis (IN), and Tulsa (OK), we offer tailored testing solutions to make specimen testing simple, and our nationwide network of clinics and providers allows Tomo Drug Testing to be available anytime, anywhere. For a free needs analysis, give us a call today at 1-888-379-7697 or contact us online. We would be happy to help!