DNA For Child Custody
There is no question that the DNA test is far more familiar than it was only a year ago. Once
upon a time, the threat of a paternity test was only ever seen in the closing moments of soap
operas, a dramatic device to generate excitement and anticipation. Yet, with the human genome
on the way to being mapped, and genetic testing becoming an important part of medical disease
prevention, the paternity DNA test has entered the popular consciousness.
For many years, child custody cases were uncertain: it was often left to the judge to decide
whether a man was the biological father: at best, he could rely on blood tests, which are hardly as
accurate as a modern DNA test. And while paternity DNA testing might be dramatic, it has the
virtue of being accurate and based on the latest research.
It is important to note that a DNA test is only admissible in a court of law if it has been
appropriately administered, with the correct chain of information fully completed. In case where
child custody is involved, an informal test is not acceptable. While they may clear the matter for
the parents, they are unlikely to impress a judge.
For a DNA test to be valid in court, it has to have followed a strict procedure. Reputable
laboratories will ensure that any of the DNA material has not been interfered with, and have the
processes in place. Most importantly, the DNA from the paternity test must be taken and
collected by somebody who has no family, friendship or emotional connection to the people who
are being tested.
The reasons for this are obvious: if an interested party is taking the DNA, they might have a
reason to cheat the system. In the case of a child custody case, this is far too risky.
The laboratory also has to ensure that the samples and their details for the paternity DNA test
arrive at the laboratory in such a way that nobody could have swapped them or adulterated the
Essentially, this makes the laboratory responsible for keeping a very close eye on the DNA from