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Avuncular DNA Testing FAQs

This FAQ page provides comprehensive information about avuncular DNA testing. This includes how it works, when to use it, and what to expect from the process. If you have questions about proving a family relationship using an aunt or uncle, you’ve come to the right place. Our legal avuncular testing services are available for court cases or other legal purposes. Contact us today to learn more about our any of our DNA testing services.

Most Often Asked Questions About Aunt-Uncle DNA Testing

When Do You Need An Avuncular DNA Test?

People choose an avuncular DNA test is to establish paternity when the suspected biological father is unavailable. This can be due to reasons such as his passing, being in prison, or refusing to undergo regular DNA testing.

Determining paternity can be a critical help in many situations. These include custody and child support orders, inheritance claims, acquisition of Social Security survivorship benefits, and establishing a family relationship for immigration sponsorship.

Can I Determine Paternity Using An Avuncular DNA Test?

An Aunt – Uncle DNA test will provide you with an accurate statistical probability of those taking the test of having a biological relationship of aunt or uncle and niece or nephew. The results of our avuncular test can conclusively prove or disprove the paternity of a brother or sister of the aunt or uncle participating in the test.

How Do I Collect DNA For An Avuncular Test?

The DNA collection process is very easy to do, and we provide step-by-step details in your DNA kit. We collect the DNA with an easy cheek swab. The swabs should either be a buccal swab, or a clean “Q-tip” style cotton swab. All you need to do is rub the swab up and down on the inside of the cheek to collect skin cells from the inner cheek and gums. You can find detailed instructions by clicking on “How To Collect A DNA Sample.

We have all the DNA samples tested twice. We need to have 4 mouth swabs per person, which we will provide you (two swabs on each side of the mouth). After collecting the DNA specimen, just place the samples in the envelope we provide and place that in the prepaid return mailer. Then the samples are sent to the lab and testing begins.

After we receive all the avuncular samples at our lab, we will send you an email to let you know that the testing has started. You should anticipate receiving the results of your aunt-uncle DNA test via email within only 2 business days.

Is There A Legal Avuncular DNA Test?

Our at home informational test provides you with a 100% accurate answer as to whether or not there is aunt/uncle relationship that exists between test participants.

If you need avuncular DNA test results that are admissible in a court of law or other agency, we can provide our AABB accredited legal aunt/uncle DNA test. The legal avuncular DNA test results have various applications, including child support cases, visitation rights, changing a name on a birth certificate, estate or probate matters, immigration cases, and more.

Is It Necessary To Include The Mother’s DNA?

Whenever you can, it’s suggested the mother’s DNA sample into the child’s test. This streamlines the entire process, as it helps the lab identify and eliminates the mother’s DNA from the child’s genetic makeup. Including the mother’s DNA sample with the initial testing won’t result in any extra cost.

How Are Aunt-Uncle Test Results Determined?

We determine the results by considering two key factors. The first is the number of genetic matches between the child and the alleged aunt or uncle. This results in a statistical probability of these matches occurring by chance. Secondly, we compute both of these numbers and then make a comparison to derive a percentage that indicates the likelihood. The higher the percentage of probability, the likelier it is that there is an aunt/uncle relationship. However, it’s important to remember that an avuncular test doesn’t have to demonstrate a 100 percent probability to be scientifically accurate. A result with a percentage of 91.0% or higher is regarded as conclusive.

Can We Still Do A DNA Test If We Live In Different Locations?

Yes! If the participants live at different addresses, different cities, or even in different states, we can send separate DNA kits to everyone involved.

To send a second kit to a different address, simply select the “additional kits” option on your order form. Next, provide the second address in the designated section for kit delivery.

Is It Possible To Send Something Other Than A Mouth Swab For Testing?

Yes. A mouth swab is what we call a standard sample. However, we acknowledge that on some occasions, it might not be feasible to furnish a mouth swab, particularly when considering discreet testing.. In certain situations, a family member may have passed away, be in prison, or just not accessible. We can test things like a toothbrush, nail clippings, ear wax, hair with the root attached, and other items. You can learn more about non-standard samples by going to Alternative DNA Samples.