Legal Paternity Testing
A legal DNA test is used when results are needed specifically for court. These types of test cover such relationship tests as disputed paternity or maternity, changing the name on a birth certificate or immigration purposes. Legal DNA tests are more rigorous than peace of mind tests. They require more detailed paperwork which must be signed by the adults involved. The sampler must be an independent professional. They are responsible for ensuring the paperwork complies with the requirements of a test that is to be used for legal purposes. The samples have to follow a “chain of custody” thus ensuring that the samples have not been tampered with. The samplers will check the ID of the people to be sampled. Photographs are taken and the appropriate consent forms are filled in. Under no circumstances is a child allowed to be sampled without the proper consent from the mother or the legal carer. At no point are the sampling kits supplied to the people to be sampled and they are never allowed to be responsible for the samples at any point during the sampling process. The samplers are wholly responsible for the custody of the samples and the dispatch to the laboratory. The results will be made available to the solicitors involved in organising the legal case. They are normally responsible for communicating the results to the clients. If this is a private case brought by a member of the public the results are made available to all parties involved in the testing. When would you need a legal DNA test? A legal DNA test is required in the following circumstances: 1. If a father is required to pay child support and the paternity id disputed. 2. In order to change the birth certificate of an individual where a different father is named. 3. Immigration for passport or visa applications by foreign nationals for their children. 4. If requested for the resolving of a disputed estate. Children and siblings could be required to undertake a DNA test if required under terms of the will of a deceased relative. Polygenyn Ltd. has all of its DNA tests carried out by a Ministry of Justice approved laboratory. This is a requirement for a legally approved DNA test.