DNA for Legal/Court
Legal paternity test results provide strong evidence for many court cases, including divorce (child custody or child support), immigration or visa applications, and estate settlement or inheritance cases
PicMed works with Labs that maintains laboratory accreditations for DNA paternity testing with the AABB. This means that your legal paternity test results are accurate, reliable, and considered court-admissible by accreditation standards. Paternity test results from samples collected at home may be submitted to a court, however a judge will often require proof of identity for each participant in the DNA paternity test.
“Legal” paternity tests, or paternity testing for legal purposes, require accurate test results, as well as proof of identity for each person participating in the DNA paternity test. For legal cases, PicMed tracks your DNA samples from the time they are collected at one of our clinic until the time they arrive in our DNA testing laboratory. Chain-of-custody procedures offer proof of paternity (or non-paternity), as well as proof of identity to a judge, social worker, embassy, or other government official.
Legal/Court Ordered DNA test
As an approved collection facility, we use a Chain of Custody documentation process to ensure results will be legally defensible, in case the results will be used in courts and other government agencies. This process proves and satisfies the following legal requirements:
- Samples are collected our medical staff at our facilities
- The individuals tested are positively identified (i.e. They present a government-issued ID, and they are photographed and fingerprinted for records.).
- The samples are carefully tracked and matched to each test participant throughout the entire DNA testing process.
When you come for sample collection , you will be asked to do the following to meet the Chain of Custody requirements:
- Present government-issued identification for the adults
- Present a form of identification for minors, such as a birth certificate or security card
- Be photographed
- Complete a Client Identification and Consent Form (the minor’s consent form should be signed by the legal guardian)
The Chain of Custody process ensures that your results will be acceptable in court and other legal cases where paternity needs to be established. Once DNA test is completed you will recieve a signed notarized report for your records and for any legal reason.
Results are normally reported in about a week from collection of all parties. We understand that the outcome of the test is sensitive and often times emotional so we make certian the test is conducted in a clean and calm environment. Furthermore, results are striclty confidential and only reported in the manner set forth by all parties.