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How Do I Get a Paternity Test?

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Question: How Do I Get a Paternity Test?
Answer: A paternity test, or DNA test, can be administered to anyone to determine a genetic relationship between two persons. Getting the sample is quite painless. The sample for a paternity test is taken by either a buccal swab (rubbing a specially designed sample stick on the inside of a person's cheek) or by drawing a small amount of blood.

The sample is analyzed at a lab and results are usually available within two week.

Most major cities have labs which can do the tests, or you may opt for a home-drawn sample and mail it in to a lab. If you want a test that will be admissible in court, you will need to have the sample taken at a lab or doctor's office where the sample quality can be controlled.

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