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Paternity Test (Child & Alleged Father)

DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc.
SKU: DDC04

$137.50 per test

A paternity test confirms whether or not a person is the father of a child.

A paternity test confirms whether or not a person is the father of a child.

The Fine Print

Why take a home paternity test?

Whether you’re wondering if you’re the father of a child, not sure who your biological father is, or you just want to check the paternity of your child, a paternity test can help give you answers. This paternity test can be easily performed at home—when you’re finished you’ll simply send your sample into the lab where the test will be performed.

This test can bring you peace of mind through DNA scientific analysis.  A home DNA paternity test kit is an excellent choice if you want an answer for personal knowledge or peace of mind only. In some cases, you may need DNA tests that will hold up in court. Since test participants collect and submit their own DNA, results are not court-admissible but will give information as to the child’s father.  Our easy-to-use mail-in paternity test provides peace of mind right from the comfort of home.

How It works

  • COLLECT DNA: It’s easy to collect a DNA sample with a simple cheek swab.  Use the prepaid envelope included in your kit to submit your DNA.
  • YOUR TEST IS PROCESSED: Our laboratory technicians carefully handle and prepare your DNA samples for processing. Every paternity test with cheek-swab samples is run two separate times by independent teams. The results are then reviewed by our in-house team of PhDs and your report is prepared.
  • Results: Results are completely confidential, and your private genetic information is never shared with or sold to outside parties.

What if the cheek swabs seem too wet to put in the paper sample envelopes?

Cheek-swab samples are not the same as saliva samples, so we recommend that customers swab for a full 30 seconds per swab while taking care to avoid the saliva-rich gum areas. If samples seem “too wet” once swabbing is complete, just wave the swab in the air for 1-2 minutes before placing it in the paper sample envelope.

Do names appear on the home paternity test report?

No names will be on the home paternity test report, since identities of the test participants have not been independently confirmed. Names of participants are requested on sample envelopes for internal-tracking and communication purposes only. 

How do I read my paternity test results?

Your paternity test results report contains four main sections with the first three showing the analysis and the Test Conclusions section answering the question of paternity.  

The report shows one of two conclusions: “is not excluded as the biological father” or “is excluded as the biological father.”

  • If the conclusion states, “is not excluded as the biological father,” this means the possible father most likely IS the biological father of the child, since all data gathered from the test supports a relationship of paternity.
  • If the conclusion states, “is excluded as the biological father,” this means the possible father IS NOT the biological father of the child, since all data gathered from the test do not support a relationship of paternity.

Can I use results from a home paternity test for legal reasons?

Results from a home paternity test cannot be used as proof of paternity for legal reasons such as child support, custody, Social Security, etc. This is because DNA is collected by test participants, chain-of-custody protocol is not followed, and identities of tested parties haven’t been independently verified. Be assured your results from a home paternity test will still be accurate for the samples provided to us: they are just for peace of mind and personal knowledge only.

Are results for a home paternity test just as accurate as for a legal paternity test?

Yes; results for a home paternity test are just as accurate as they are for a legal test. In fact, once samples arrive at the lab, the process for testing is exactly the same for a home test as it is for a legal one. You can be certain your results for a home paternity test are accurate for the samples we are provided.

Do you accept unusual samples for home paternity testing?

Cheek-swab samples are the industry standard for this type of test. Cheek swabs make DNA extraction by our lab’s robots easy, which is one way to keep costs lower for our customers, so at this time we are not accepting “unusual” sample such as toothbrush, ear wax on swabs, or fingernail clippings.

 

Which type of sample is collected for this test?

  • This is a self-collected, at-home cheek swab test.

What will be in the kit when it arrives?

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Cheek swabs for DNA collection
  • Postage-paid envelope for returning samples to the lab (U.S. customers only)

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