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DNA Testing In Kentucky

Kentucky Approved DNA Tests – Accredited, Accurate, Affordable

Journey Genetic Testing provides certified, reduced priced, and 100% accurate DNA testing in Kentucky.

Our testing services focus on paternity and family relationship genetic testing. Depending on your special situation and need, we can provide results that are either for peace of mind, or are able to be used in court.

Confidential at home DNA kits approved for use in Kentucky will provide the same results as legally admissible process, but are not typically admissible in situations where a legal report is needed as there is no record of the individual of those providing the DNA samples for the laboratory study.

Our legal AABB accredited DNA results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Legal test reports can also be used for Social Security benefits, IRS verification of dependents, probate issues, and immigration cases. We have a legal DNA collection network of over 3,500 centers across the U.S.A., and will be able to arrange an appointment for you with a collection office close to your home or office.

You can securely order both a legal and home test from us online 24/7, or call us at 855-362-5224 with any questions, during our regular business hours.

DNA Tests We Offer in Kentucky

Our Kentucky Approved DNA Tests Are 100% Accurate

Journey Genetic Testing’s home paternity test and relationship DNA tests provides you with a conclusive and accurate result for DNA testing between the participants. Our parent laboratory performs every DNA test twice, and the results are ready in just 1-2 business days, depending on the test. Every DNA test we do in your state is guaranteed to be Kentucky ia approved and 100% accurate. And above all, your result will establish the truth of the relationship tested for. Get the answers you need and deserve today,

Journey Genetic Testing offers the best DNA paternity test at the lowest prices in the industry. Furthermore, all of our home DNA tests are performed by expert geneticists using scientifically-valid methods and state-of-the-art equipment in our AABB accredited partner laboratory, located in the USA. No test results are released until all data has been examined, and approved, by one of our experienced laboratory Ph.D.’s.

Our DNA testing service is unmatched in quality and yet very affordable. You can be assured that your DNA samples will be handled discreetly and processed confidentially. With our technology and affordable DNA test prices, there is no longer a need to go without knowing the truth about a biological relationship.

Kentucky Paternity Law

It may be helpful, if you considering a DNA test to establish paternity, to be aware of the legal statutes in Kentucky regarding paternity. The following information about Kentucky paternity law is provided as general information only. Journey Genetic Testing does not provide legal advice or representation. We encourage you to research your state laws for the most current information, or contact a family law attorney.

Read Kentucky’s Paternity Statutes

Kentucky Paternity Law: KRS 406

406.011 Obligations of father — Presumption of paternity

The father of a child which is or may be born out of wedlock is liable to the same extent as the father of a child born in wedlock, whether or not the child is born alive, for the reasonable expense of the mother’s pregnancy and confinement and for the education, necessary support and funeral expenses of the child. A child born during lawful wedlock, or within ten (10) months thereafter, is presumed to be the child of the husband and wife. However, a child born out of wedlock includes a child born to a married woman by a man other than her husband where evidence shows that the marital relationship between the husband and wife ceased ten (10) months prior to the birth of the child. History: Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 159, sec. 1. — Created 1964 Ky. Acts ch. 37, sec.

406.021 Determination of paternity — Liability of noncustodial parent

(1) Paternity may be determined upon the complaint of the mother, putative father, child, person, or agency substantially contributing to the support of the child. The action shall be brought by the county attorney or by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or its designee upon the request of complainant authorized by this section.

(2) Paternity may be determined by the District Court when the mother and father of the child, either:

(a) Submit affidavits in which the mother states the name and Social Security number of the child’s father and the father admits paternity of the child; or

(b) Give testimony before the District Court in which the mother states the name and Social Security number of the child’s father and the father admits paternity of the child.

(3) If paternity has been determined or has been acknowledged according to the laws of this state, the liabilities of the noncustodial parent may be enforced in the same or other proceedings by the mother, child, person, or agency substantially contributing to the cost of pregnancy, confinement, education, necessary support, or funeral expenses. Bills for testing, pregnancy, and childbirth without requiring third party foundation testimony shall be regarded as prima facie evidence of the amount incurred. An action to enforce the liabilities of the noncustodial parent shall be brought by the county attorney upon the request of such complainant authorized by this section. An action to enforce the liabilities of the cost of pregnancy, birthing costs, child support, and medical support shall be brought by the county attorney or by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or its designee.

(4) Voluntary acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to KRS 213.046 shall create a rebuttable presumption of paternity.

(5) Upon a showing of service of process on the defendant and if the defendant has made no pleading to the court or has not moved to enter evidence pursuant to KRS 406.091, the court shall order paternity to be established by default.
Effective: June 20, 2005
History: Amended 2005 Ky. Acts ch. 99, sec. 636, effective June 20, 2005; and ch. 149, sec. 2, effective June 20, 2005. — Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 255, sec. 26, effective July 15, 1998; and ch. 426, sec. 587, effective July 15, 1998. — Amended 1994 Ky. Acts ch. 330, sec. 17, effective July 15, 1994. — Amended 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 272, sec. 1, effective July 13, 1990. — Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 14, sec. 410, effective January 2, 1978. — Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 159, sec. 2. — Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 200, sec. 11. — Created 1964 Ky. Acts ch. 37, sec. 2.
Legislative Research Commission Note (6/20/2005). This section was amended by 2005 Ky. Acts chs. 99 and 149, which do not appear to be in conflict and have been codified together.

406.025 Rebuttable presumption of voluntary acknowledgment-of-paternity affidavit — Temporary support order if paternity is indicated — Continuation of child support until final determination of paternity

(1) Upon completion of a signed, notarized, voluntary acknowledgment-of-paternity affidavit by the mother and alleged father, obtained through the hospital-based paternity program, and submitted to the state registrar of vital statistics, paternity shall be rebuttably presumed for the earlier of sixty (60) days or the date of an administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the child, including a proceeding to establish a child support order.

(2) Upon completion of a signed, notarized, voluntary acknowledgment-of-paternity affidavit by the mother and alleged father obtained outside of the hospital and submitted to the state registrar of vital statistics, paternity shall be rebuttably presumed for the earlier of sixty (60) days or the date of an administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the child, including a proceeding to establish a child support order following the date of signatures on the notarized affidavit.

(3) Pending an administrative or judicial determination of parentage, or upon a signed, notarized, voluntary acknowledgment-of-paternity form having been transmitted by the local registrar and received by the Vital Statistics Branch, a temporary support order shall be issued upon motion of any party if paternity is indicated by genetic testing or other clear and convincing evidence.

(4) The motion shall be accompanied by an affidavit setting forth the factual basis for the motion and the amounts requested.

(5) The court shall, within fourteen (14) days from the filing of the motion, order an amount of temporary child support based upon the child support guidelines as provided by KRS 403.212. The ordered child support shall be retroactive to the date of the filing of the motion to move the court to enter an order for temporary child support without written or oral notice to the adverse party. The order shall provide that the order becomes effective seven (7) days following service of the order and movant’s affidavit upon the adverse party unless the adverse party, within the seven (7) day period, files a motion for a hearing before the court. The motion for hearing shall be accompanied by the affidavit required by KRS 403.160(2)(a). Pending the hearing, the adverse party shall pay child support in an amount based upon the guidelines and the adverse party’s affidavit. The child support order entered following the hearing shall be retroactive to the date of the filing of the motion for temporary support unless otherwise ordered by the court.

(6) Unless good cause is shown, court or administratively ordered child support shall continue until final judicial or administrative determination of paternity.
Effective: June 20, 2005
History: Amended 2005 Ky. Acts ch. 99, sec. 637, effective June 20, 2005. — Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 255, sec. 27, effective July 15, 1998. — Created 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 365, sec. 12, effective July 15, 1996.

Required Probability of Paternity for Kentucky Courts: 98%
Required Paternity Index: None

DNA Testing Locations In Kentucky

At-home, peace of mind DNA kits can be sent to any location in Kentucky, including P.O. Boxes. We ship all DNA collection kits by USPS Priority mail. You will received a USPS tracking number for your kit, and in most cases, have it in 1-2 business days as we ship from our corporate office in Portland, OR.

For court admissible legal paternity and relationship testing, we have professional DNA specimen collection sites  in or close to most Kentucky towns and cities. All legal testing is by appointment only, which we will schedule for you based on availablility. You will be able to access these sites easily from your home or office.

Here is a list of the cities where there is an approved DNA collection center in, or near, for legal testing in Kentucky.
  • Alexandria
  • Ashland
  • Bardstown
  • Berea
  • Bowling Green
  • Campbellsville
  • Covington
  • Danville
  • Elizabethtown
  • Elsmere
  • Erlanger
  • Florence
  • Fort Thomas
  • Frankfort
  • Franklin
  • Georgetown
  • Glasgow
  • Harrodsburg
  • Henderson
  • Hillview
  • Hopkinsville
  • Independence
  • Jeffersontown
  • La Grange
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Lexington
  • Louisville
  • Lyndon
  • Madisonville
  • Mayfield
  • Middlesborough
  • Middletown
  • Mount Washington
  • Murray
  • Newport
  • Nicholasville
  • Owensboro
  • Paducah
  • Paris
  • Radcliff
  • Richmond
  • Shelbyville
  • Shepherdsville
  • Shively
  • Somerset
  • St. Matthews
  • Versailles
  • Winchester

FAQ’s About DNA Testing In Kentucky

How Does A Kentucky Authorized At Home DNA Test Work?

A home DNA test provides a cheap, private, simple, and accurate method to determine relationships such as paternity, sibling, grandparents, and aunt/uncle. Having your home DNA test kit processed in a AABB accredited lab is important. The same protocols used for a legally binding DNA test in the privacy and comfort of your own home or office will be used for your home DNA test.

Our home DNA tests can answer your biological questions privately, quickly and affordably.

The recognized and accepted process in Kentucky for home paternity testing is very easy. People who take the home DNA test usually collect their DNA sample through a cheek swab, also called a buccal, swab. Rubbing the swab against the inside of the cheek painlessly collects the skin cells needed. Since we conduct two sets of tests on each buccal swab, there will be 4 swabs per person in your collection kit. Two swabs should be taken on each side of the mouth. Don’t smoke or drink coffee or tea for 30 minutes before the collection, and rinse the mouth with water. When you’re done, just put the samples in the envelope we provide, and return them to our lab in the prepaid overnight envelope we provide.

Does Kentucky Allow For Discreet, Or “Secret” DNA Testing?

Unlike many locations outside of the U.S.A., Kentucky will allow testing using non-standard samples. This is a more discreet way of testing. If you have a particular concern about this, please check the laws in your state.

The cheek swab is the most common method of collection. Sometimes a test participant cant submit a sample because a family member is deceased, imprisoned, not wanting to test, orsimply unavailable. For these reasons, we also offer forensic DNA processing services for other types of DNA samples, which are referred to as “non-standard samples.” Ear wax, hair (must have the root attached), discharge on a tissue, nail clippings, and toothbrushes are the most common forensic samples. A viability test is required on all non-standard samples, which requires an additional fee. For more information about the different items that can be tested, please click on NON-STANDARD DNA SAMPLES.

What If One Of Us Lives In Kentucky And The Other Person Lives In Another State?

A lot of test participants live too far apart to do the home DNA test using the same DNA kit. For these situations, we offer an option to have multiple collection kits shipped out. Simply choose the option for an additional address when you place your order. Upon selecting that option, we will send a second collection kit to the address indicted for the additional kit(s). When your DNA samples and case information are received back in the lab, identical reference numbers will link them together.

What If I Need To Prove Paternity In Kentucky But The Father Is Not Available?

Paternity tests always give a clear yes or no answer. If the father is unavailable, there are other DNA tests we offer to determine paternity. For example, a sibling DNA test may be used to test for possible brothers and sisters. You can also perform a grandparent DNA test for the alleged grandparent and grandchild. The aunt/uncle avuncular DNA test with a full sibling of the alleged parent would also be convincing.

You may also want to do a Y-DNA test if 2 or more men want to find out if they are related through the male line. This test is also always conclusive. If more than one paternal relative is available to participate in a DNA test, consider doing a family genetic reconstruction DNA test instead. If you are not certain which choice is right for your situation, one of our Genetic Consultants would be glad to provide you help. Just give us a call at 1-855-362-5224.

Ordering A Home DNA Test In Kentucky Is Quick, Easy, And Private

You Order – We Ship Right Away
Once we receive your paternity test order, we will ship priority a customized DNA collection kit (first kit included). We will provide you a tracking number for your kit.

Collect And Return The DNA Samples:
 Painless cheek swabs are provided to collect the DNA. The collection per person takes less than a minute. Return the DNA to our laboratory using the prepaid overnight FedEx label we provide (U.S.A. addresses).

Our Lab Performs The Specimen Analysis:
Once all DNA samples are received in lab, the testing begins. We will notify you by email they have been received and give you a due date for your results.

We Deliver Your DNA Results:
We know you want these results quickly, so we will your paternity test results to the email address on file. If you also requested a printed copy of the results they will be sent priority within one business day of emailing your results, with a tracking number.