I’ve written before about the possibility of someone “cheating” on a Paternity Test. Here is another viewpoint from the Documents for Divorce blog.
“Due to the nature of collecting the samples, the legal test of course provides an almost cheat proof system if a neutral and qualified third party witness is used. However for the home DNA test, since the parties are responsible for collecting their own samples, this gives rise to the opportunity to cheat on the test. This can be done by submitting someone else’s sample which will inevitably lead to a negative result. This possibility has led some to question the reliability of the at-home tests.”
Author Kevin Camilleri says that in his experience most paternity test participants honestly just want to know the truth. This is our experience as well.
“From a scientific point of view, the accuracy of these tests is now almost a given. When the father, mother and child participate in the paternity test, a properly accredited and experienced DNA testing laboratory will provide a probability of paternity in excess of 99.999% thereby confirming the biological relationship, or alternatively issue a probability of paternity of 0%, thereby confirming with 100% accuracy the exclusion of the alleged father.”
He goes on to make a point that in the rare instance that someone has tried to “cheat” a paternity test, their efforts are easily noticed by the lab and new, uncontaminated samples are acquired.
If you are suspicious that your partner might try and cheat on a test taking a couple precautions in advance can save you the hassle of submitting new samples.
- Collect the samples will all test participants present at the same time, seal and mail the samples to the lab your self.
- Have the sample collection performed by a neutral third party (like a doctor or an attorney, or even an employer). Have the third party seal and mail the samples to the lab.
- Obtain a “Legal Paternity Test”. With this test the collection of the samples is done in a strict chain-of-custody procedure that will allow the results to be admissible in court.
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