Welcome to DNA Testing Centers
In the City of Durham, it is estimated that 10,542 families are Single-Parent families. That’s 41% of all households in Durham. If you are a single parent, DNA Paternity Testing could be extremely relevant to you.
DNA Testing Centers provides accredited, court-admissible DNA Testing in Durham. We test for Paternity, Maternity and Other Relationships, as well as Specialty Testing. We have over 2,000 centers in 49 states, including 2 centers in the Durham, NC Area, making us one of the nation’s largest network of testing labs.
Our DNA Tests are incredibly accurate and usually show a conclusive result — 99.99% is positive, and 0% if negative. In most cases, only the father and child needs to be tested. There is no minimum age for the child — we can even test a child before they are born. And it’s not necessary for father and child to be in the same state to be tested, they can visit the DNA Testing Center closest to them.
DNA Testing Centers offers over 2,000 centers nationwide, with same-day appointments available. For even greater convenience, we sell in-home testing kits, with simple instructions and painless collection of the samples. When performed properly, these tests are just as accurate as lab tests, but are not court-admissible.
We strive to be the most affordable provider of court admissible DNA Testing in Durham. For your convenience, you have the option of only paying half of the testing fee up front. The second half is due before test results are released back to you. We accept Major Debit/Credit Cards, Cashier’s Check/Money Order, or even Pre-Paid Gift cards — the most discreet payment option as they are not traceable.
Durham Area DNA Testing Centers
Why should I get a Paternity Test in Durham?
It is estimated that between 5% and 20% of children do not know the identity of their biological father, or have the wrong man identified as their father. Sometimes, the mother knows the father’s identity and chooses not to disclose it to their child, but sometimes the mother genuinely may not know who the father is.
A paternity test establishes a scientifically sound, legally binding relationship between father and child. Establishing this sort of parentage provides many potential benefits.
- A sense of belonging for your child knowing who both their parents are. Establishing this biological origin is widely recognized by psychologists as highly important for a child’s sense of identity.
- A full family medical history in case your child gets ill would be invaluable to doctors trying to treat them.
- Your child may become eligible for new government benefits like social security or veterans dependent.
- Your child may qualify for medical coverage under the other parent’s health plan.
- Your child could become the beneficiary of the other parent’s life insurance policy.
- Your child may also gain the right to further inheritance benefits from the other parent.
- Your child will become eligible for financial support from both parents.
A court-admissable paternity test can also definitively solve relational strife between the parents and doubts about the true parent of the child. For example, when a couple separates on bad terms, the father may try and claim the child is not his and thus he doesn’t need to pay child support. Child support can amount to up to 15% of disposable income, so this is an important source of financial help that would be blocked off from the mother without a paternity test. Even if the man disputes the results, he will have to pay child support until new DNA tests prove otherwise.
Or, the father may want to be part of his child’s life but the mother claims it’s not his just to get the father out of her life. The father has no way of knowing for sure if this is true without a paternity test.
In 2007-8, nearly 1 in 5 paternity tests showed the mother was either deliberately or inadvertently mistaken about the true identity of the child’s father.
Without these tests, 661 children would have grown up believing the wrong man was their dad, and these men would have been on the hook for up to $63 million dollars in child support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not usually. Most DNA paternity tests that include only the father and child show a conclusive result — usually 99.99% if positive, and 0% if negative.
However in rare cases, the father may have a mutation in his DNA, causing a mismatch in part of the DNA match and dropping the likelihood of biological parentage below 99.99%. In these circumstances, testing the mother’s DNA increases the likelihood of a conclusive result.
There is no minimum age for a child to be tested.
We can even test a child before they are born. We can perform a Cervical Villis Sample (CVS) which can be collected at 10 to 12 weeks pregnancy. We can also sample the amniotic fluid which can be collected at 12 to 21 weeks of pregnancy, and is the preferred method. And finally we can perform a non-invasive blood sample which can be collected any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Please see our “Specialty Testing” page for more details regarding these prenatal testing options.
Yes. DNA Testing can be performed on the parent or sibling of the alleged father. We can also use a sample of the father’s DNA such as blood, hair, fingernails/toenails, or more.
Sometimes, depending on your location. Typically, there is an additional fee for a mobile collection. The fee varies depending on the distance the collector needs to travel.
While Home Test Kit results are just as accurate as Laboratory tests, there is no way to verify whose DNA was collected, or prove that the DNA was not contaminated or tampered with. There is no neutral third party healthcare professional supervising the test to make sure it was performed accurately. For this reason, Home Tests are not Court-Admissible evidence unless the court specifically agrees to allow them.
Yes. With over 2000 Locations Nationwide, individuals from different cities or states can just schedule an appointment with their nearest DNA Testing Lab and conduct the test. There is no additional fee to use separate locations.
The difference between 'Court Directed' and 'Unofficial' Paternity Tests
DNA Paternity Testing offers two sets of options for accurate DNA testing: Lab Testing and In-Home Testing Kits.
For ‘Court Directed’ tests, the courtroom will appoint an accredited company (like DNA Paternity Testing) to carry out DNA Testing and submit a report. These will be conducted in a laboratory by certified healthcare professionals, and legal documents will be provided that will settle any court, social security, or birth certificate issues.
For convenience and comfort, DNA Paternity Testing Centers also provides ‘Unofficial’ In-Home Testing Kits. The results are just as accurate as the laboratory tests, but they are not court-admissible. This is because there’s no way to verify whose DNA samples were collected, since no one is watching you perform the test. This means our in-home test is for pure knowledge only. If you need a DNA test for any legal reason, we recommend our Lab Testing Option.
Durham, North Carolina Single Parent Resources
DNA Paternity Testing provides these resources as-is. We urge you to seek qualified legal counsel if you have questions.
1201 South Briggs Avenue, Suite 200
Durham, NC – 27703
This is the local county office that handles subsidized child care services.
North Carolina’s Division of Child Development uses a combination of state and federal funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families through a locally administered state-supervised voucher system. Annually each county receives a combination of state and federal funding from the Division of Child Development for subsidized child care services. The amount of funding allocated to each county is determined by legislation.
If the county department of social services or other local purchasing agency does not have enough funding to serve all families who apply for subsidized child care, the agency may establish priorities for services. For example, an agency may choose to give priority to working parent(s) or families who need child care to support child protective services.
If a family meets the eligibility criteria, the state of North Carolina pays a portion of the cost of child care. Parents are free to choose a child care arrangement that best fits their needs as long as the provider chosen participates in the Subsidized Child Care Program.
The amount the state pays for child care depends on:
The family’s situational criteria
The family’s income
The cost of the child care provided
To qualify for the child care subsidy program, a family needs to meet both the situational and financial criteria.
You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if one or more of the following situations apply to your family:
You are working or are attempting to find work
You are in school or in a job training program
Your child is receiving child protective services
Your child needs care to support child welfare services or if your family is experiencing a crisis
Your child has developmental needs
Most families, including those receiving Work First Family Assistance , are required to pay a percentage of their child care costs based upon their gross monthly income. The parent fee percentages are 10%, 9%, and 8% and are based on family size.
The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.
The Department is divided into 30 divisions and offices. NCDHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas – health, human services, administrative, and support functions.
NCDHHS also oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, neuro-medical treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children.
Apart from the financial challenges, playing the roles of both a mother as well as a father is perhaps the most difficult aspect of being a single mother.
Being a parent and earning a living, single mothers are more likely to experience parental stress while trying to juggle work and parenting responsibilities.
To address the issues, the state of North Carolina runs several programs that hope to ease the stress of single motherhood.