Private Paternity Testing (PPT) has been available to consumers for years. However, well meaning, doctors, lawyers, birth certificate registrars tend to push clients toward Paternity Testing through family court. A legitimate, PPT center offers the same test, in most cases, by the same laboratory as a State funded paternity test and provides a faster response times in a kinder more personal atmosphere. The result is that all family members are relieved of unnecessary days off from work or school and the family can bond immediately with the child, without fear of doubt about paternity.
Imagine being a new mom, for the first or even second time and having to stand in a court room and "claim" that someone is the father of your child. New moms are tired, stressed and should really just be concentrating on taking care of the new baby. In the case, where both mother and father are on state assistance, then maybe a court room is their only option. If one of the parents, is employed it may be in their best interest and the interest of the child, to have a Private Paternity Test (PPT) in order to insure all dollars available are given to the child. Most PPT centers are able to work with parents on payment plans.
If the mother of a child is receiving cash assistance from the State, then only the first $100 of child support ordered by the court - actually goes to the mother and child. The remaining funds are given to the Department of Social Services as pay back.
So, in the end, everyone would benefit from a PPT, as long as the alleged father will cooperate and wants to be supportive of the child. In the case, where the father doesn't want to support the child, and a mother is forced to go the route of Family Court, then if the PPT was done on a Court Admissible Paternity Test basis, the mother already has the evidence she needs to obtain child support.
The advance in technology and the competitive nature of the industry has allowed PPT centers to offer very affordable pricing on Paternity Tests. The only word of caution is to make sure you are working with someone local and someone you can return to with quesitons about the test. Most PPT centers do not expect a credit card payment on the phone. Final word of caution is to ask about accreditation carried by the PPT labs. Do not use a non-accredited paternity test - it is not worth the paper it is written on.
And my favorite question which was asked today was "why should I use your test and not just buy a kit"? Having been in DNA testing for over 7 years, I can either be patient and explain the difference between an OTC kit or allow that client to experience for themselves, the lack of information, feedback, customer service and accreditations that an OTC kit offers. The lingering doubt left in your mind when you receive an anonymous email with no one to explain what the numbers mean or even what PI means? (Paternity Index) or how the laboratory gets to that PI #. Please, by all means, waste your money on an OTC kit, then come to me so that I can help you do it correctly, quickly and with thorough follow through. We are a local DNA business - our clients are your friends, families, co-workers, and neighbors.