Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding paternity testing. Here you should be able to find many of the answers to your questions about your paternity test in Canada.
If there is more information you need that you cannot find here, just get in touch with the technical support center they will be more than happy to help and provide you with the best solution to your DNA testing needs.
Do I have to use swabs for a DNA test?
It is not always possible to obtain the DNA samples necessary in order to carry out a paternity test. This usually happens when someone is unavailable for testing, perhaps due to them being deceased or unwilling to participate in a test. In such cases, there are many other viable samples you can use. Luckily nowadays, with advances in DNA testing technology, even the minutest trace of DNA may yield positive laboratory DNA test results.
The forensic DNA samples typically used are: a used Kleenex, finger or toe nails, blood-stained bandage or cloth, teeth, toothbrushes, dental floss and envelopes and the list goes on and on. Samples which are not saliva samples(such as the ones just mentioned) are referred to as discreet or non-standard samples. You should be aware that when it comes to these samples, some give better results than others and provide higher chances of laboratories extracting enough DNA to finalize the test. Testing of any discreet sample is at an additional cost to the test price.
Can I do a paternity without the mother’s sample?
No, you do not need to include the mother’s DNA sample. Yes, the mother’s sample does help to provide a more accurate result but reliable paternity test results can still be obtained without it. In fact, even without the mother’s DNA sample, you can still expect a probability of paternity in excess of 99.9%; in cases in which the alleged father is the biological father of the child, and a percentage probability of 100% in cases of exclusion of the alleged father as the biological father of the child.
How much will this paternity test cost?
The cost of a paternity test is just of CAD $249. This price includes the testing of the alleged father and 1 child. The cost includes the kit, the courier fee for you to receive the kit, laboratory analysis and the results. Of course, we also place our technical support team at your disposal throughout your paternity test. The cost will increase if:
- You require more than one alleged father or more than one child to be tested
- If your opt for our express testing option (results ready in just 2 working days)
- If you use a discreet/non-standard sample
What about legal paternity testing?
There are two types of Paternity tests. One is the at home paternity test, this kind of test is carried out for your own peace of mind and it has no legal validity, the second is the legal paternity test. The legal paternity test is court-admissible and is carried out following specific procedures.
In fact, you will not be able to collect your own samples but will need to have them collected and notarized by a neutral third party, typically a doctor, nurse, or lawyer. You will need to take your sealed DNA test kit to the doctor or nurse in charge of sample collection. This procedure is called a “chain of custody” and makes it impossible for anyone taking part in the test to cheat by tampering with the DNA samples and moreover, it ensures optimal DNA sample collection. Therefore, the difference between the two types of test lies in the method of sample collection, the actual testing procedure remains the same. The percentage for an inclusion of paternity will be in excess of 99.9% and for an exclusion of paternity it will be 100%.
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