Maternity testing provides scientific evidence of whether a woman can be a child's biological mother. Maternity is determined by comparing the child's DNA with the DNA profile of the alleged mother.
When should I use a legal maternity test?
Legal tests should be performed when results are needed for any legal matter such as child support or child custody. The test can also be used to support placing a parent’s name on a birth certificate.
What type of sample is collected in a legal test?
The most common sample type is a buccal swab. This sample is collected using a cotton swab that is gently rubbed on the inside of your cheek. Blood samples are also acceptable.
Schedule an Appointment
After your order is confirmed and payment is processed, a representative will contact you to schedule the specimen collection or you can select to call us instead. We have more than 1,900 LabCorp-operated facilities in the US, and contract with more than 13,000 locations globally. We will work with you to find a convenient location for sample collection. Our office is open to assist you Monday through Friday, 8am – 8pm EST.
At-Home Tests (Non-Legal)
At-home DNA tests are commonly called non-legal tests. DNA samples for at-home tests are collected by individuals in the privacy of their own home. They provide the same information as a legal DNA test, but they are not intended for use in a court of law. If there is a possibility that the results might be needed for legal purposes, a legal test should be performed.