Legal DNA testing
A legal relationship test is a DNA test which produces a legal document which can be used as proof of relationship in court.
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Conclusively establish the biological relationship between a potential father and child.
Conclusively establish the biological relationship between a potential mother and child.
Determine the likelihood of a potential grandmother and/or grandfather being the biological grandparent of a child.
Determine the likelihood that the presumed siblings are full siblings, half-siblings, or not related as siblings.
Determine the likelihood of a potential aunt or uncle being the biological aunt or uncle of a niece or nephew.
Determine the likelihood of two individuals being biologically related as first cousins.
Understanding the differences
Private DNA Testing vs. Legal DNA Testing
Private DNA testing is a convenient and affordable way to establish biological relationships, such as paternity, sibling, or grandparent connections, in a personal and private setting.
With private DNA testing, you can collect your DNA samples using a simple at-home cheek swab kit and send them directly to the laboratory for analysis.
Private DNA testing offers the same level of precision as legal DNA testing, but the process does not require strict chain of custody procedures or sample collection by an unbiased third party. This makes it a great option for those who want to maintain privacy and control over the testing process.
It’s important to keep in mind that the results of a private DNA test are not legally admissible in court. If you need DNA testing for legal purposes, you’ll need to choose a legal DNA testing option.
Legal DNA testing is a highly regulated procedure that is used to establish paternity or other biological relationships for legal purposes.
Legal DNA test results are commonly used in child custody and support cases, inheritance disputes, immigration cases, and other legal proceedings where the biological relationship between individuals needs to be established.
Legal DNA tests require the DNA samples to be collected by an unbiased third party following a strict chain of custody protocol. You can arrange for sample collection and witnessing services yourself, or we can assist you in setting up appointments at one of our locations.
Genetrack offers legal DNA testing services that are court-admissible throughout North America.
Whether you need to establish paternity, sibling relationships, or other biological connections, Genetrack offers both private DNA testing and legal DNA testing services to meet your specific needs.
Legal Testing Scenarios
Establishing Biological Relationships for Legal Purposes
Legal DNA testing is required in a variety of legal scenarios to establish biological relationships. Here are some of the most common situations.
Nationwide Legal Recognition
Upon completion of your legal DNA test, you will receive a signed document from our laboratory as legal proof of the biological relationship for usage in court. Our laboratory is accredited by SCC, AABB, CAP, and ISO17025, which means that our results are recognized and admissible in courts throughout Canada and the United States.
You will need a legal test in the following situations:
Child custody and support cases: Legal DNA testing is often used to establish paternity and determine child support obligations in cases where the biological relationship between the father and child is in question.
Inheritance disputes: In cases where the biological relationship between the deceased and their potential heirs is disputed, legal DNA testing can be used to establish biological relationships and determine inheritance rights.
Immigration cases: Legal DNA testing may be required to establish biological relationships between Canadian citizens or permanent residents and their foreign-born family members who are seeking to immigrate to Canada.
Adoption: Legal DNA testing may be used in adoption cases to establish the biological relationship between the child and their biological parents.
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