Our DNA paternity testing process is completely confidential and accurate (all results come from fully certified, accredited laboratories) and we offer quick turnaround (most tests just take a few days from time of collection). We have a DNA test to help you find out the truth, regardless of your situation or location. We offer DNA testing all over the US (without additional charge), so regardless of whether you are geographically close to our office in Springfield, IL we can facilitate testing nearby, throughout a large network of collections sites.
Standard paternity testing (to determine if a specific male is the father of a specific child) is a simple process involving a cheek swab (called a buccal swab) to gather cheek cells. This involves a Q-Tip type device and is non-invasive and completely painless (some clients say it actually tickles!). DNA samples are only needed from the child and alleged father but the mother’s DNA can be included if requested. We offer peace of mind/personal use and court/legal testing options.
Peace of mind/personal use test results CANNOT be converted to a legal test at a later date and CANNOT be used for court purposes. This is because peace of mind testing does not require an independent third party collector, no proof of ID is required, and the test results are not notarized. Courts will not accept results of this nature so it is important that prior to testing you decide the reason for the test to ensure the correct test is performed.
Legal/court use testing is available if you need results for legal or court purposes. Each adult tested must show at least one government issued photo ID; additionally, fingerprints and photographs are taken at the time of collection. A qualified collector must collect the samples and maintain a chain of custody of the samples. The appropriate person must also sign the paperwork giving us permission to collect the DNA sample from a minor child. A legal test can be performed for anyone as long as all of the parties are willing participants – no court order is required in this case. If one of the parties is unwilling to voluntarily submit a DNA sample and complete the necessary paperwork, a court order may be necessary. Legal test results are notarized and acceptable for use in most courts (i.e. custody, child support, estate purposes, etc…)
Whether peace of mind or legal, results are typically provided in just a few days. Results will never be released over the phone or to anyone not identified by the tested parties on the results release form (without a court order). (NOTE: Mothers of tested children are entitled to test results for their minor children upon request.)
Paternity Testing When One of the Parties Is Incarcerated
Even if one of the parties is incarcerated, we can facilitate testing. A signed letter from the inmate is typically all that is necessary. Contact us about your specific situation.
Paternity Testing for a Deceased Party
If the alleged father or the child is deceased, we can often obtain a DNA reference specimen such as a blood spot card to complete paternity testing. If such a reference specimen is not available, there may be other testing options – contact us about your specific situation.
Pre-natal DNA Paternity Testing
Used to determine paternity of a child before the child is born. This is the only DNA test done via blood draw – samples must be collected from the mother and alleged father. Pregnancy must be > 12 weeks