Charleston Paternity Testing Service

At ARCpoint Labs of Charleston, SC, safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality is our highest priority. Our dedicated team of experts follow rigorous procedures to ensure absolute security and precision of your paternity test findings. Each and every case is treated with utmost care and regard, guaranteeing discreet and prompt delivery of your results.

If you're seeking top-notch paternity testing services in your area, look no further than ARCpoint Labs of Charleston. We comprehend the profound emotional and legal consequences associated with establishing paternity, and that's precisely why we are unwavering in our commitment to providing swift, dependable, and discrete outcomes.

Paternity Tests for Various Needs

At our facility, we cater to a range of scenarios and demands with our paternity testing solutions, which encompass:

  • Legal Paternity Testing: Our tests are recognized by the courts and can be employed in legal disputes such as child custody and support cases.
  • Unofficial Paternity Testing: Individuals who seek personal clarification can benefit from our informal paternity testing services.
  • Prenatal Paternity Testing: Using secure and painless approaches, we can establish paternity prior to a baby's birth through prenatal paternity testing.
  • DNA Testing for Immigration: Our DNA testing services for immigration purposes provide evidence of biological connections to support immigration claims.

Do you need a paternity test in Charleston? Schedule your appointment today by calling (843) 491-1075 or book online.

Frequently Asked Questions about Paternity Testing

Can a paternity test be done without the father's DNA?

If for any reason the alleged father's DNA can't be obtained (in situations such as being deceased or unable to locate), participation of his immediate biological relatives can be pursued. Family reconstruction testing is utilized in such cases and involves the involvement of other close biological relatives, such as the father's parents or siblings. By incorporating DNA samples from these relatives along with the child's and the biological mother's, the test can still be performed to determine paternity with a reasonable degree of accuracy. However, a father's direct DNA will give the most accurate result possible.

How does a paternity test work?

A paternity test works by comparing specific regions of DNA between the child and the alleged father. The most common method involves collecting DNA samples through cheek swabs. These swabs collect cells containing DNA from the inner lining of the cheek. The collected samples are then sent to a laboratory where the DNA is extracted and analyzed.

Advanced techniques, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or short tandem repeat (STR) analysis, are utilized to examine the genetic markers. The test compares the child's genetic markers with those of the alleged father to determine the likelihood of paternity.

How long does a paternity test take?

The time required to complete a paternity test can vary. Generally, results are available within a few business days after the laboratory receives the DNA samples. The exact turnaround time depends on various factors, including the testing method used, the laboratory's workload, and the shipping duration of the samples. Some laboratories offer expedited services for an additional fee, which can provide results in a shorter timeframe, typically within 24 to 48 hours. It is advisable to check with the specific testing facility for an accurate estimate of the turnaround time.

How early can you get a paternity test?

Paternity testing can be conducted shortly after the birth of a child. Postnatal paternity tests, which are performed after the child is born, typically require a few days or weeks for accurate results. Most laboratories recommend waiting until the child is at least a few weeks old to ensure the collection of sufficient DNA for analysis. In cases of prenatal paternity testing, which is conducted during pregnancy, it is possible to determine paternity as early as the 9th week of pregnancy. Prenatal testing involves analyzing the fetal DNA present in the mother's bloodstream or through procedures like amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS).

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