Attorneys and Private Investigators—
Using DNA Testing to Help Clients Prove or Disprove Allegations of Infidelity
Many years ago, in nearly all states, courts required divorcing spouses to prove legal “fault” of one of the parties before they could grant a petition for divorce. Showing proof of infidelity was one of the bases of legal fault sufficient to grant a divorce.
Today, nearly every state has done away with proving legal fault as a basis for granting a divorce. However, in many states, legal fault, including infidelity, can still be very important in the determination of other matters within the divorce proceeding, such as alimony, division of marital property, and even custody and visitation. Even in states where infidelity has no bearing on these issues in the divorce law itself, Infidelty can come into play if the spouses entered into a pre- or post-nuptial agreement that includes it as a factor.
Fortunately, the science of DNA testing makes proving these matters much simpler and easier than it once was, and the chances of inaccurate conclusions are greatly reduced.
Private investigators assisting a client in trying to resolve a suspicion of infidelity can use DNA testing of personal objects from intimate areas of the the client’s or subject’s home such as bed clothing or pajamas to definitively determine whether a third party has been present in those areas. A positive finding can be very strong direct or circumstantial evidence supporting a claim of infidelity.
Forensic DNA Testing Increases Certainty
Attorneys will nearly always require a forensically reliable protocol in the collection, processing and documentation of DNA testing for their clients. Private investigators may consider less formal testing depending on their client’s motivation for infidelity testing — for example when the client is not in a legal relationship of any kind with their suspected paramour. But the increased reliability of forensic dna testing also increases certainty of the results. Greater confidence in the results of testing, whatever they reveal, can result in greater confidence of your clients in your services.
ARCpoint Labs of Richmond offers accurate, reliable and confidential, forensic DNA testing. We will come on-site to collect samples / objects for testing or you may bring samples/objects to our lab. ARCpoint Labs of Richmond trained personnel ensure a valid and reliable testing process. Items that can be tested for DNA evidence of infidelity include undergarments, bedding, trash and more.
It is important to note that unless specimens are collected directly from the donor in a documented chain of custody by trained personnel, there is a high risk that the results may not be acceptable into evidence in court. Call ARCpoint Labs of Richmond for confidential information and recommendations on how best to proceed in your clients’ individual circumstances.
Discretion is the Better Part of Valor
Beyond the test results themselves, sensitive matters such as possible infidelity of a spouse or significant other requires utmost care and discretion. ARCpoint Labs of Richmond protocols not only insure accurate, reliable test results, but also absolute confidentiality in the recording, maintenance and dissemination of information and documentation of test results.
Call ARCpoint Labs of Richmond for Confidential, Accurate DNA Testing in Cases Alleging Infidelity
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