DNA Testing Phoenix AZ
To help maintain confidentiality, please remember that we ask that you call 866-GET-DNA9 prior to visiting our testing location.
Court Approved Paternity Test
Needed for Child Support, Custody Battles, Insurance Benefits, or any other court-approved paperwork.
- Call and Schedule your Appointment
- Go into a Facility for Saliva Sampling
- Wait for Results
Peace of Mind Paternity Test
This is a home-based test recommended if testing for your knowledge only. Instructions and over-the-phone support included.
- Sample yourselves
- Ship back with included label
- Wait for Results
Prenatal Paternity Test
Completed while the mother is pregnant. Requires a blood sample from the mother and a saliva sample from the father.
- Call and Schedule your Appointment
- Go into the Facility for Sampling
- Wait for Results
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: 1:00PM-3:00PM
- Sorry, no collections on Saturdays
Welcome to DNA Testing Phoenix AZ!
DNA Testing Phoenix AZ is part of the DNA Paternity Testing Network. As mentioned, DNA Paternity Testing Labs is affiliated with Labcorp, the #1 DNA Laboratory in the United States. This coalition exists so that smaller, local labs can provide testing across the nation.
We have a great deal of information on our website, so please, take a look around.
At 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. Lastly, if you need a local medical clinic please ask your counselor for assistance. Because we are a network, DNA Testing Phoenix Arizona can accommodate if the child or the alleged father lives outside of the Phoenix AZ area or in another state. Please, feel comfortable tell your counselor about this or any other extenuating circumstances.
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Phoenix is the capital and largest city in Arizona. According to the 2010 census, Phoenix had 1,445,632 people, 514,806 households, and 43,557 families residing in the area. Of these households, 64.2% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 42.3% were married couples living together, and 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present.
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“Why establish DNA Paternity in Arizona?”
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 Arizona’s courts.
There are many reasons mothers and fathers choose to have a DNA paternity test in Arizona. 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.
What is a Legal Paternity Test?”
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! Almost always we test both parties at the same time, but if you cannot be in the same place at the same time, let us accommodate.
If the test is for your knowledge only, we call that a non-legal or peace of mind test.
How does Peace of Mind test work?”
Our peace of mind test is an at home kit. You can actually purchase it directly from our website! We ship it 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 please give us at least one name so we know who to call when the results are ready. If you order it online, we ask you to use the name on the shipping information.
The test itself is not that hard to administer. 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 using a toothbrush on your cheek. 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. If you have multiple children or multiple alleged father’s being tested please make sure you place the samples in separate envelopes. 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. We want to help!
Do we test the Mother?
Not usually. Testing the mother does not improve the accuracy of the test. However, the results come back a little bit quicker. Reason being, the mother’s DNA helps to eliminate which genomes of the child’s come from the mom. Therefore, the remaining genomes must come from the father. The same 23 genomes are tested just fewer need to be matched to the father. If you’re in a rush, we recommend testing the mother.
What if the baby isn’t born yet?
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!
DNA Testing Phoenix Arizona provides Legal Resources
Fortunately, we realize that a lot of family affairs can lead to the need for a DNA Paternity Test. DNA Paternity Testing Labs’ Paternity Testing Phoenix AZ location wants you to feel comfortable talking to our case managers about your particular situation. Therefore, we train all of our case managers to be knowledgable in the laws of family court in the State of Arizona. Below, we provide the following links so you can get the help you need.
First and foremost, Please review the Child Support Handbook for Arizona. As parents, the handbook help you to figure out what type of custody works best for you and what that means monetarily.
If you need legal counsel, please consult a Family Law Practitioner. Note, we do not indorse any of these lawyers specifically. However, we work with many of them to fulfill their paternity testing needs.
Single Mothers, please read the Single Mother’s Guide if you plan to raise the child alone. This organization has a lot of resources for financial assistance and child care. Keep in mind, they also have housing opportunities and medical assistance.
DNA Testing Phoenix Arizona wants both the mother and father to know:
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 parentage is established legally, Arizona’s State government provides these benefits and more to the child. For more information, visit Arizona State Department of Social and Health Services.