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Are DNA tests accurate and trustworthy?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2021 | Family Law

Most people who take paternity tests use DNA tests. These tests are the current industry standard.

That said, if you’re in a situation where you may need a DNA test, things are already a bit complicated. The last thing you want is even more confusion from an inaccurate test. So, can you trust that DNA test to get it right and tell you who really fathered a child?

DNA tests come close to 100% accuracy

These tests are accurate. In fact, most modern tests are nearly 100% accurate. If they claim that someone is not the father, you can trust those results. 

Can you use home tests?

Most people who have paternity tests done are going to go to a clinic or testing center. That said, there are home tests that you can buy. Should you consider them? 

It depends on your goals. Remember that you can’t use a home test in court. This isn’t because the test isn’t accurate, though. It’s because the court has no idea who actually took the test or how the process went. The chain of evidence was not controlled. It would be too risky to rule based on these tests. 

Again, though, that test could be correct. If you’re just trying to figure out what next steps to take, it may tell you if someone is or is not the child’s father. If you then want to take the case to court, though, you’ll have to repeat this process with another test that is admissible in court. So a home test may be a good starting point, but it may not be all you need. 

Navigating parental rights situations

Parental rights are incredibly important. If you’re in a situation like this, be sure you know exactly what legal steps to take as you work toward a conclusion. Learning more can help you better understand what steps you should take next.