There are two types of paternity tests: the legal paternity test or the at home paternity test. It is not unusual for people to think they need the former type of test when in reality they can do with the peace of mind or at home paternity test. Let’s begin by seeing the different between the two DNA tests and then move on to help you decide which is best for you.
For either paternity test you will need to provide a DNA samples which is taken using mouth swabs. Whilst in the at home DNA test you can collect your samples, pack them and post them, in the legal test, things are somewhat different. In fact, you will need to have the samples taken by someone else- and not anyone. It will have to be a neutral third party exercising a profession such as a doctor or lawyer. This person will be required to take the DNA samples and fill in the paper work. There is a whole procedure in place which has to be followed for the legal test. For the home test, things are more straightforward and lax. To clarify a point, an at home paternity test will most likely have no legal validity; therefore, at a later stage you might need to consider doing a legal paternity test.
You do not need to do a legal test unless you are sure you will be going to court. All you need to do to help you decide which test you need is ask yourself: I am 100% sure this child is not mine? Am I only seeking to solve a doubt? If your answer is the latter, than definitely, do an at home paternity test rather than a legal paternity test.