Q: Is there a difference between an at home DNA test and a DNA test from child support?
I recently contacted my ex to get an DNA on my daughter who is now six and she looks just like him. He met her for the first time and said he felt as if he was looking in the mirror we did a at home DNA test and it came back 0%. I thought it was weird but I said ok I went with it. He called me and he said he couldnt shake the feeling that the test is wrong and told me to go to child support and do it through them even if that means putting him on child support. He really wants an second opinion. I just want to know is there really a difference or should I just take the 0% and move on?
A: It will be difficult for an attorney to advise you as to the accuracy of the home DNA test. Georgia requires laboratories to meet certain scientific criteria which provides assurances that the results are accurate. It may be difficult to prove the accuracy of a home DNA test in court without knowing the qualifications of the laboratory. However, the DNA testing conducted through Child Support Enforcement is credible and generally admissible in court. Additionally, the DNA testing through Child Support Enforcement is less expensive than a test conducted a private laboratory. Only you can make the decision if you submit to a second test or move on. Good luck.
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