Paternity Test When the Alleged Dad is in Prison

It can be quite a hassle to carry out paternity testing from prison. The process of paternity testing is normally a straightforward and easy course of action, so long that everyone involved is directly available to be tested and can make their own choices. However when it comes to inmates or convicts, the process may become a lot more difficult as interested parties may have to go through certain legal proceedings and requirements, in order to carry out a paternity test from prison.

The following steps are advisable on how to carry out a DNA test on an inmate

Step 1: contact the inmate

This is the first step to carrying out a paternity test on a man behind bars. Contacting the alleged father and asking for his permission to take part in a paternity test will only ease the process further. If the inmate agrees to the test, you may then ask the facility for their permission. If the inmate refuses to have the test, you may have to obtain a court order forcing him to have the paternity test administered.

Step 2: ask permission from the facility

The next step would involve contacting the correct officials with regard to carrying a paternity test on an inmate. Many prisons and correctional facilities would have no issue when it comes to private testing while others may require a court order before they allow it. Ensure you are aware of their policies and regulations before moving forward to the next step.

The Correctional Service of Canada (French: Service correctionnel du Canada), or CSC, (formerly Canadian Penitentiary Service) is the main authority in Canada responsible for prison sentence that exceeed two years imprisonment.

Step 3: the test itself

If the prison allows for a private test then a DIY paternity testing kit may be purchased and used. This kit will most probably be administered by a medical prison doctor or nurse. A sample of saliva will be collected through swabbing of the cheek and this can be mailed back to the relevant laboratory. Most paternity testing kits are quite accurate but ensure that the lab is an accredited facility. If you have to go through the court system due to the policy of the prison or because an inmate has refused to give his consent, you will have to apply for a court order enforcing the paternity test to be administered. The procedure would be exactly the same as that of a private test, the only difference being the presence of a medical professional to stand as witness. Samples of the child in question will also have to be collected in front of a medical witness.

Step 4: the results

The results may vary from a few days to a few weeks, depending on different circumstances. The results of a legal DNA paternity test will uphold in a court of law whereas a DIY or at-home test result may not.

Paternity testing can be a way of ensuring your child is well-looked after. It is imperative to understand the legal consequences when it comes to DNA testing on an inmate.