My DNA Paternity Testing Dothan AL
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Paternity Testing Dothan AL – My DNA Paternity
Dothan Patient Service Center is located just off 431/210, next to Larry’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Ross Clark Circle. We urge you to call ahead for an appointment to avoid waiting in line. Although, we always accept walk-ins.
Our administrative hours are:
- Please call 1-866-GET-DNA9 to schedule an appointment or collect results
- Although we may not be in the office, you are welcome to leave a message
Our collection hours are:
- Monday-Friday: 2:00PM-4:00PM
- Sorry, no collections on Saturdays
Welcome to Paternity Testing Dothan AL!
Paternity Testing Dothan AL is part of the My DNA Paternity Network. As mentioned, the AABB and ISO 17025 accredit this lab. Labcorp ranks #1 for DNA in the United States. Therefore, this coalition exists so that smaller, local labs like this Labcorp can provide testing across the nation. Additionally, the Better Business Bureau grades My DNA Paternity Testing Labs as an A+!
At My DNA Paternity Testing Labs, we use the best medical laboratories in the industry to provide the most accurate results. If needed, we can also refer you for legal counsel or a physician referral.
Because we are a network, Paternity Testing Dothan AL can accommodate if the child or the alleged father lives outside of the Dothan area and even outside of the state. Please, feel comfortable tell your Case Manager about this or any other extenuating circumstances.
As you know, Dothan is a city in Houston County, Alabama. And as of the 2010 census , Dothan had 57,737 people, 23,685 households, and 17,108 families residing in the area. Of these households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, and 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present.
Although we are located in Dothan, this location serves Headland AL, Midland City AL, Grimes AL, Pinckard AL, Newton AL, Kinsey AL, Webb AL, Columbia AL, Wicksburg, Seminole Heights AL, Cowards AL, Ashford AL, Taylor AL, Malvern AL, Rehobeth AL, Hodgesville AL, Slocomb AL, Cottonwood AL, Hartford AL, Pansey AL, Alaga AL, Cedar Springs AL, Madrid AL, Grangeburg AL, and other surrounding areas.
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Legal Resources and videos on how the process works:
Paternity testing is conducted to determine if a man is the biological father of an individual.
Therefore having a paternity test is a way of naming the father legally when the parents are not married. While there are several different ways to establish paternity, DNA testing is now the most accurate and popular method. In addition, a DNA paternity test is the only method admissible in Alabama’ courts.
There are many reasons mothers and fathers choose to have a DNA paternity test in Alabama. If parents are unmarried, paternity testing can resolve questions from curiosity to financial or legal disputes. Though you may be sure of the parentage of your child, state aid programs, insurance companies, and social security might have questions. Determining paternity also is necessary to give children access to family medical histories. This will be important when the child becomes enrolled in schools. Most school systems need information about potential genetic diseases from both the mother and the father’s families. Please note, you need to have a legal test performed to complete any state or federally related paperwork.
Also known as Court Approved Paternity Testing.
For a legal paternity test, chain of custody must be established. Rather, the identity of the individuals being tested needs to be confirmed in addition to completing the test.
To do this, we take the following measures:
- First, we request identification of both individuals. ID for the alleged father is a Driver’s License or State ID, and ID for the child is the birth certificate or state issued ID, depending on age.
- Next, our technicians take a polaroid picture of both the alleged father and the child at the time of the test.
- Also, they take a fingerprint from both the alleged father and the child.
- Finally, we take the saliva sample (buccal swab) from both the alleged father and the child for comparison. This comparison takes 3-5 business days to complete.
In addition, every step of the paternity testing process is administered by a third party. The third party representative signing off on the completion of these steps is what helps the courts to know who exactly participated in the test.
Now keep in mind that the child and the alleged father do not need to be tested at the same time. In fact, a benefit to our network of labs through the DNA Paternity Testing Labs is we can collect samples at different labs. Even across state lines! Usually we test both parties at the same time. However, we can accommodate if you need separate appointments.
This is an at home kit.
You can actually purchase it directly from our website! We ship it to your address and you perform the test yourself. The best part about a peace of mind test is you label the envelopes how you would like. For instance, if you do not want your child’s name on the results, mark the envelope daughter, son or child. However, we ask that you place at least one legal name and number on the paperwork for resulting.
The test itself is not that hard to administer. Normally, there are three envelopes in the standard it: Alleged Father, Child, and Mother. If you didn’t ask to have the mother tested, please discard this envelope. The back of the envelopes have directions on how to complete the test.
But here’s quick overview:
- Open the envelope respective to the individual (Alleged Father, Child, or Mother).
- Open the swabs without touching the prickly end.
- Insert the first swab into the right cheek, prickly end first. Rub it firmly against the inner cheek kind of like you’re brushing your cheek with a toothbrush. Hold it in the air for 30 seconds to dry.
- Repeat the process with the second swab on the inner left cheek.
- Place the two swabs back into the envelope and label the envelope.
In short, there will be two swabs per person. Please request separate envelopes and send the samples for multiple children or alleged fathers. We urge you not to touch the swabs of two different individuals together at any time. Doing this, you could jeopardize results or make the samples hard to read. If you do not have the right amount of envelopes, please call and tell us so we can get you what you need.
While the mother is pregnant, we can test for paternity with no harm to the baby.
We refer to that as a Prenatal Paternity Test. In these cases, we test the mother via a blood draw and the father via a saliva sample (buccal swab). Not too scary! The blood draw is from the inner elbow just like all the other hormone tests the mother gets while she is pregnant. From her blood, we extract the alpha-feto-protein which is a segment of the baby’s DNA. This segment gives us the same information as if we were testing the baby itself. The only catch is the mother has to be at least 10 weeks pregnant for this process to work.
Give us a call, and start the process of getting the results you need today!
Through testing, establishing paternity creates a legal relationship between a father and a child. As a results, multiple benefits come from establishing paternity.
- A sense of belonging. The child will be able to know both sides of their family.
- Doctors will appreciate having for the mother and father’s medical history.
- If applicable, the child will be eligible for government benefits (social security or veteran’s dependent benefits) from both parents.
- The child can obtain medical insurance through either parent.
- Both parents can list the child as the beneficiary of life insurance policies, shareholdings, and/or other bank accounts.
- In the future, Colleges will grant financial aid based on both parents.
- Both parents get the right to see their child.
- Courts decide who gets to list the child as their dependent on taxes.
- Child support is available.
Because we establish paternity legally, Alabama’s State government provides these benefits and more to the child. For more information, visit Alabama State Department of Social and Health Services.