Your paternity test result is what will determine your choices and for some, it is a life-changing experience.
Paternity tests are just one type amongst many DNA tests available today. Your result in this type of test will show with a probability in excess of 99.99% that the alleged father is the biological father. This probability can vary slightly depending on whether the mother’s samples are included. The mother’s sample help provide a more accurate result. Even without the mother’s sample, a paternity DNA test will still show an inclusion of paternity of no less than 99.9%. If the alleged father is not the biological dad, he will be included with a 0% probability.
What problems might I encounter with my paternity test result?
Let’s begin by specifying that and complications and problems are very seldom- you can thus, breathe a sigh of relief and rest assured that chances are that all will go very smoothly an in a timely manner with your DNA test result. Also know that with a paternity test, there is no problem that can’t be fixed; paternity can always be determined (unless the alleged fathers are identical twins)
Here are some of the problems
The DNA sample fails: this is extremely rare. With saliva sample, sometimes a mouth swab may not provide enough DNA for laboratory analysis. Normally, most DNA testing companies provide 2 swabs per person; just in case one swab fails, they can begin testing the other- this however will require more time.With DNA samples other than saliva sample, you are advised prior to the testing on the rate of success of that sample. If you use a low success rate sample like an envelope or a glass with a lip mark, you should not be too surprised if the sample fails. If it does, fail, you will need to send in another sample. If you have used a high success rate sample, labs should have no problems extracting DNA although there is always a small chance of failure.
Related fathers: This is an issue with paternity test results; in fact if you suspect the alleged fathers may be related, all the more if they are brothers, you must inform the lab so that they can proceed and advise you accordingly. If fathers are related their DNA profiles will be extremely similar and this can be a problem. To provide conclusive results you can either submit sample of both fathers or include the mother’s DNA sample.
Paternity testing is highly accurate and reliable. You will rarely encounter problems with your paternity test results and these should be of no concern until they arise.