What is DNA Paternity Testing?

Paternity testing provides scientific evidence of whether a man can be a child's biological father. 

Paternity is determined by comparing the child's DNA with the DNA profile of the alleged father.


When should I purchase a legal paternity DNA test?

A paternity or maternity test can be used to establish the parenthood of an individual for a court case such as child 

support, social security, or child custody. The test can also be used to support placing a parent’s name on a birth certificate.

 Labcorp places the highest emphasis on following legal chain of custody with your sample, so your sample will be valid evidence 

in a legal setting. We employ the latest technology to provide the most accurate results for you. Our highly accurate tests exclude, 

on average, 99.99% of non-fathers. We provide safe, secure, and efficient transportation of your samples.

What kind of sample is tested in legal DNA tests?

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

We offer appointments at both Springfield and Petersburg locations.  Appointments are required. If court ordered, 

please verify if your representative has made appointment for you before contacting the office. 


When should I purchase a non-legal at-home test?

You want to determine the paternity or maternity of a child but you are not involved in a court matter, you should 

purchase a non-legal at-home test. If there is any chance the results might be needed for legal purposes, a legal test should 

be performed. Labcorp uses the same testing technology for both legal and non-legal testing. Non-legal or at-home tests allow 

for sample collection at your home and do not follow the legal chain-of-custody protocols needed for a legal test. Our highly 

accurate tests exclude, on average, 99.99% of non-fathers.

What kind of sample is tested with at-home test?

A DNA collection kit will be delivered to you. The kit will contain 4 cotton swabs for each person that will be providing their 

sample for testing. DNA samples can be collected at home by rubbing the cotton swab on the inside of the cheek.

Legal vs. At-Home Testing

Legal, court-admissible cases require a chain of custody of the sample, which must be drawn from an approved LabCorp collection site. At 

Curry Chiropractic we are an approved LabCorp site where samples can be drawn.  When DNA test results will be used for legal purposes, such as 

child support, social security, or custody matters, "legal" DNA tests are required. "At-home" DNA tests provide the same information as a legal 

DNA test; but they are not intended for use in a court of law and are NOT considered court-admissible.

Why Labcorp DNA?

Labcorp's premier DNA testing lab dedicated to identity testing has been solving genetic relationship puzzles for more than three decades. Whether your DNA identity testing needs are standard or complex, you can depend on Labcorp to provide fast, affordable and reliable results. Many labs test sixteen or less loci (also known as genetic markers), however Labcorp tests twenty-one loci, which provides a median combined paternity index of greater than one (1) billion to one (1) for standard cases.

DNA testing at Curry Chiropractic