Prenatal Paternity Testing
Of our numerous paternity tests prenatal paternity testing is the only procedure that can provide you with important information and paternity test results before the birth of your child. Determining paternity while a child is still in the womb has several legal and practical applications. You should review the details regarding all of our paternity tests to determine which test is ideal for you.
Why Prenatal Paternity Testing?
In many states, there are laws requiring unmarried couples to fill out a form called an Acknowledgment of Paternity when their child born. The Acknowledgment of Paternity form is a legal document recognizing the child's biological father. If the Acknowledgment of Paternity form is not completed, and the mother has not been married within the 300 days previous to the delivery, the child's birth certificate will list no father.
GTL offers prenatal paternity testing. Unlike other paternity tests that take place after your child has been born, prenatal paternity testing can be conclusive in determining paternity before your child is born.
Not sure what type of test is right for you? Browse our selection of DNA test options today.
How Prenatal Paternity Tests Work
While your child is still in the womb, GTL Australia can help you perform prenatal paternity testing using DNA samples gathered during the first or second trimester of your pregnancy. Unlike other paternity tests, however, where you can collect your own samples, prenatal paternity testing requires that certain DNA samples be collected by your OB/GYN via a CVS procedure or an amniocentesis. When gathering DNA through the CVS procedure, chorionic villi from the placenta are collected. Since this process can begin as early as 10-12 weeks, it is the preferred method for paternity tests being conducted in the first trimester. When gathering DNA through an amniocentesis procedure, a sample of amniotic fluid is drawn and collected. An accurate amniocentesis can be performed between 12 and 21 weeks, making it another option for second-trimester paternity tests.
Home Prenatal Paternity Testing
The biggest advantage to all of the paternity testing from GTL Australia is the control it gives. A Home Prenatal Paternity Testing Kit from GTL Australia comes complete with a detailed set of illustrated instructions, DNA collection materials for the alleged father, and a consent form you complete that includes information about each family member providing a sample. The Home Prenatal Paternity Testing Kit also contains the necessary materials to be used for the amniocentesis or CVS samples provided by your OB/GYN.
Like our other prenatal paternity tests, the Home Prenatal Paternity Testing Kit is usually preferred because it allows for private, discrete answers without resorting to legal action. If, however, you foresee the results from the Home Prenatal Paternity Testing Kit being used in a court proceeding, you should instead order GTL's legal paternity testing kit. If you wish, you may also make an appointment with us for legally binding prenatal paternity testing.
If you have further questions about any of our paternity tests or about prenatal paternity testing, please call GTL Australia at 07 3387 0177 today.
Results Delivered Right to You
Results for all of our paternity tests will be mailed directly to you or someone you designate. Unless we have agreed to prior arrangements with you, we do not give results from paternity tests over the phone.
How to Read Your DNA Test Results
For an overwhelming majority of cases, results from paternity tests are unequivocal. Quite simply, the alleged father is "excluded" or "not excluded" as the biological father. To calculate a paternity index, 15 identity loci are analyzed individually. Then, the individual indexes are combined to formulate a "combined paternity index."