To establish paternity, determining whether a man is or isn’t the father of a child, a DNA lab test acceptable to the court is required. The test involves taking separate swabs from inside the mouth of the child, mother and presumed father, which are evaluated by a laboratory.
The test should only be performed by an accredited lab that follows the chain-of-custody protocols and other quality control procedures necessary to insure that their results are admissible in court. For that reason, Cynthia Fox has carefully selected the labs that she will work with. Test results are usually available within several days.