1. Paternity Testing
Paternity testing is a DNA comparison between the alleged father, child, and child’s mother (if she’s available). A paternity test is the best option if paternity is ever in question. Including the biological mother in paternity testing aids in getting the probability of paternity to its highest calculation.
Sometimes the alleged father is not available for a paternity test, and other family members want questions of a biological relationship answered. Grandparent DNA testing involves the child and the biological parents of the alleged father. The Grandparent DNA test may offer a probability of a biological relationship. Its always best to test both of the biological parents of the alleged father with the child; however, if only one is available there is the option of a single-grandparent DNA test. As with all of our DNA relationship tests, including the biological mother of the child is always best.
3. Sibling DNA test
Again, if the possible father is not available for paternity testing for any reason you have an option of a sibling DNA test. If there are known biological children of the possible fathers, the child in question can complete a DNA test with that known child to determine a probability of a biological relationship. Including the biological mother(s) of both children being tested is highly recommended.
4. Avuncular DNA test
Avuncular DNA testing is available for children to test their DNA against the DNA of a full sibling of the alleged father. A full sibling of the alleged father (they share both parents in common)and the child can test for a probability of an aunt/uncle biological relationship. Keep in mind they must be a full sibling in order to get conclusive results: they cannot be half siblings (meaning they only have one parent in common).
5. Prenatal paternity testing
Sometimes parents want to prove paternity before the child is born. This can be done between 10-21 weeks of pregnancy. Collecting DNA samples for the child is done through amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). The mother’s physician would need to determine if the mother and child are healthy enough to undergo either of these procedures due to the risks involved. Many doctors will not perform a CVS or amniocentesis for paternity testing alone.
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