One of the types of paternity tests we offer at Boston Paternity is the Legal DNA Test. A Legal DNA Test can be used for personal reasons but can be used as well for legal reasons such as: custody, child support, change of name on a birth certificate, and inheritances. The fact that you are collected in a clinic and present your ID and sign the legal authorizations we provide for the testing, allows the DNA test report to be notarized, which is what makes the document legally admissible in court.
A great part of our inquiries surround the issue of confidentiality. We understand that DNA testing is a very private matter, and that the results of it directly affect your life and the life of your family members. Because of this reason, we exercise discretion and confidentiality in any way that we can. One of the main questions that we receive on a daily basis is if there is a way that we can do a Legal DNA Test without the other person who is being tested knowing. If the person who is being tested is an adult, the answer is no. Every adult that is tested has to sign a chain of custody, which is a legally binding authorization form for the DNA test. However, if the test is going to be done between a potential father and a child, it is not necessary for the mother to be present for testing. Given a case for example, where someone wants the potential father to do a Legal Paternity test without him knowing, there is no way this can be done. The potential father must be aware that he is going to be collected for a Legal DNA test, and must authorize such collection by signing the Chain of Custody.
If you are in a situation, where you do not want the potential father or child to find out about the testing and you do not need the test for legal purposes, you can always do a Non-Legal DNA Test, also known as the home kit. For a Non-legal DNA Test, we send you the materials that you will use to collect the potential father and child, which you will send to our Lab for testing. If you choose to collect the father and/or child in a discreet way without them knowing, that is a decision you can make since this test is not admissible in court and can only be used for personal reasons. In one of our next posts, we’ll discuss your options for testing DNA in a discreet way.
In the case that you have a specific paternity situation, and are not clear of what options apply to your case, you can always contact a trusted DNA testing company, such as Boston Paternity. We will be glad to inform you of all the alternatives that can apply to your individual situation.