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DNA Testing Services for Legal Professionals

If you are an attorney or caseworker, DNA Diagnostics Center's Legal Service Team will assist you with everything required to move your case forward with a DNA test. Our legal DNA testing services include:

  • A dedicated team well versed in DNA testing for legal situations. They will take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case.
  • Strict Chain of Custody documented throughout the testing process.
  • Court-certified experts available for testimony (via phone, video conference, and on site).

We serve attorneys and caseworkers in various specializations. The four most common areas we serve include: family law, estate planning and execution, immigration and adoption and assisted reproduction.

Family Law - 1-800-330-7648

DNA testing, usually paternity testing, is often required in many family law situations to resolve questions of parentage, for example:

  • As part of the process in a divorce or dissolution of marriage.
  • To establish child support and/or parental rights.
  • To relieve men of the burden of child support, if DNA testing shows that they are not the biological father.

Initiating a DNA test case is simple, and DDC takes steps to ensure our clients' privacy:

  • We coordinate DNA sample collection appointments as requested by the attorneys/clients, in any U.S. state and even abroad.
  • We follow a strict chain of custody in all our legal DNA testing cases.
  • Every sample is tested twice to ensure 100% accuracy.
  • One of our PhD laboratory directors review and sign off on the test results, which are also notarized.

To initiate a legal DNA test, please contact our Legal Services Team at 1-800-330-7648, or download and fax this case worksheet to 513-881-7808. For questions, you can also email us at thavlin@dnacenter.com



Estate Planning and Execution - 1-800-330-7648

DDC offers a few different DNA testing services to assist estate attorneys in estate planning and execution:

  • During initial estate planning, a person can have their DNA profiled and/or banked for future reference, should any disputes arise in the execution of the estate.
  • In the case of a dispute or unexpected estate claim, a relationship DNA test can be performed between the claimant and any close living relatives of the deceased.
  • Post-mortem DNA testing of previously collected samples (e.g. an autopsy or medical sample) from the deceased can be performed for comparison to a claimant in a dispute.

To learn more about how you can use DNA testing in estate planning and in resolving estate disputes, please call our Legal Services Team at 1-800-330-7648, or download and fax this case worksheet to 513-881-7808. For questions, you can also email us at thavlin@dnacenter.com



Immigration - 1-800-330-7648

DDC has a long history of international DNA testing experience, serving clients in over 70 countries since 1995. Our Legal Services Team members are experts in the unique immigration DNA testing procedures required by embassies around the world.

A DNA test is often used in family-based immigration cases to provide proof of biological relationships when the available documentation is insufficient. Another situation when a DNA test might be required is to provide proof of paternity and/or maternity for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (i.e., to obtain passports for children of U.S. citizens born abroad).

You will need to provide the basic case information, such as the file number and names/contact information for the persons to be tested. DDC will:

  • Arrange appointments for the U.S.-based petitioners/parties
  • Send a DNA test kit to the appropriate foreign office for the beneficiary's DNA collection
  • Provide test results and other documentation as needed to the requesting embassy/foreign office
  • Work to meet pressing immigration case deadlines, including beneficiaries who are close to the 21-year age limit

To initiate an immigration DNA test for your clients, contact our Legal Services team at 1-800-330-7648, or download and fax this case worksheet to 513-881-7808. For questions, you can also email us at thavlin@dnacenter.com



Adoption and Assisted Reproduction - 1-800-330-7648

Whether your clients are preparing to relinquish parental rights, undergoing assisted reproduction, or hoping for reunification with a relative separated by adoption, DNA testing is often essential for providing answers at any stage of adoption.

  • DNA testing is used to confirm the birth parents' biological relationship to the child in the process of relinquishing their parental rights. Uncertainty often accompanies many adoptions, and this may include the question of paternity. To avoid future complications, the correct birth father must be identified so that he can relinquishment his rights. Furthermore, in the case of international adoptions, verifying the birth parents (usually maternity) at the relinquishment stage is an important step to prevent child trafficking.
  • DNA testing may also be required when a family member other than the parents tries to adopt the child. Courts will request that proof of biological relationship be established. This is especially true in grandparent and stepparent adoptions.
  • DNA testing is being used more and more in assisted reproduction cases. For IVF cases, DNA tests are used to verify that the child is the biological child of one or both donors. Those involved in surrogacy are also finding DNA testing valuable, as many states now require parents to adopt a child carried by a gestational surrogate only after verifying their biological relationship to the child.
  • DNA testing can also be the key to successful reunifications of biological families separated by adoption. Regardless of the location or age of the family members, their DNA will hold the truth of separated family members' relationships.

We offer a full range of DNA testing services to meet any of your adoption needs. To learn more about DNA testing for your adoption case, contact our Legal Services team at 1-800-330-7648, or download and fax this case worksheet to 513-881-7808. For questions, you can also email us at thavlin@dnacenter.com

DNA Testing Before Birth

Adoption and surrogate attorneys can benefit from having results in hand before the child is even born. Our non-invasive prenatal paternity test confirms biological relationships before birth. Visit our prenatal paternity testing page or call 1-800-330-7648 for more information.






Your First Step...

DDC has served the legal community since 1995 and currently performs 3 out of every 4 DNA tests in the United States. Our accreditations include AABB, ISO/IEC 17025, and ASCLD/LAB-International.

To initiate a legal DNA test, please contact our Legal Services Team at 1-800-330-7648, or download and fax this case worksheet to 513-881-7808. For questions, you can also email us at thavlin@dnacenter.com


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