How long does it take to perform a paternity test?

When a man finds out he is going to be a father, two things can happen: He may yell and jump for joy or he may cry and stress out with worry. The latter usually happens if he has doubts about his paternity. With the help of a home DNA test kit, any man can be relieved from doubt once and for all and with the advantages of the privacy that home offers. To be honest, if you have no desire to be a father and you have suspicions that your partner was unfaithful, you want to find out the truth without involving your family and friends. The woman can take a paternity test while pregnant as early as the 7th week of pregnancy. In other words, you don’t have to live under stress for 9 months. That’s how quickly you can find out if you will be a father or not.

How do these tests work?

To verify if there is a biological connection between the child and the alleged father, the laboratory needs a DNA sample from each of them. Instead of having to go to the lab to provide the samples, you can purchase a kit on the lab’s website and they will send you everything you need to take the samples at home by yourself. The process is very simple as it only requires you to rub swabs on the inside of the child’s and the alleged father’s cheeks. Once the laboratory has received your samples, they will send you the results in an average of 3 to 4 days. If you decide to perform the paternity test while pregnant, you need to provide a blood sample from the mother as this is the only way for the laboratory to get a DNA sample from the baby.

No legal effect but reliable

Laboratories offer DNA tests that have no legal force. That is, the purpose of these tests is simply to provide information. However, there is a version of these tests that does have legal effects. It is more expensive and has a different procedure for taking the samples. It is important to note that laboratories give equal importance to the analysis of both types of tests. Do not think that because it is a non-legally binding test the laboratory will be less careful with the analysis. In fact, both tests undergo the same procedure for DNA strand analysis. The difference resides in the way the samples are taken and how the results are delivered.

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