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Basics of Paternity Testing

As a parent, it can be challenging to navigate the legal and emotional complexities of paternity testing. Whether you need to establish paternity for child support or custody purposes or you simply want to know the truth about your child's biological father, it's important to understand the basics of paternity testing. In this guide, we'll provide you with everything you need to know about paternity testing, including the types of tests available, how to prepare for testing, and what to expect from the process.

Types of Paternity Tests

There are several types of paternity tests available, including prenatal testing, postnatal testing, and legal testing. Prenatal testing involves collecting DNA samples from the fetus or placenta during pregnancy, while postnatal testing involves collecting DNA samples from the child and alleged father after birth. Legal testing is typically required for court cases and involves strict chain-of-custody protocols to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the results.

Preparing for Paternity Testing

Before your paternity test, it's important to prepare yourself and your child for the process. This may include scheduling an appointment with a reputable testing center, providing accurate and complete information about the alleged father, and explaining the process to your child in an age-appropriate manner. You should also be aware of any potential risks or complications associated with the testing process, such as discomfort or infection from sample collection.

What to Expect from Paternity Testing

During the testing process, DNA samples will be collected from the child and alleged father using a cheek swab or other non-invasive method. These samples will then be sent to a laboratory for analysis, where scientists will compare the genetic markers of the child and alleged father to determine the probability of paternity. The results of the test will typically be available within a few business days, and will be provided to you in a confidential and secure manner.

Why Choose Verner Brumley Mueller Parker for Paternity Testing

At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, we understand the importance of accurate and reliable paternity testing. Our experienced family law attorneys and DNA testing professionals can help you navigate the legal and emotional aspects of paternity testing, and provide you with the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your family's future.

Contact us today to learn more about our paternity testing services and how we can help you. (214) 225-6766