Legal DNA Paternity Testing

Legal DNA paternity testing is done when one needs court admissible results, for example,  in cases involving child support payments, a judicial paternity order, paternity fraud and a number of other related issues.

Note that the accuracy of the result of a legal DNA test is the same as that of a standard paternity test, however a legal DNA test must adhere to a strict set of rules which are collectively referred to as a ‘chain of custody’. The chain of custody, explained in some more detail below, ensures the validity of the DNA test.

Immigration testing follows the same sampling procedure as legal testing. If you wish to know more visit our DNA testing for immigration section – click here.

Price & results of a court approved DNA test

Once you have ordered your legal paternity test, we will dispatch your kit within 2 working days. The kit contains all the necessary for the test; submission forms, instructions and swabbing kit.

The price of the Legal DNA test is £289 ; the price does not include the fee of the doctor chosen to take your samples.

Results will be sent to you, initially, by email.

The Chain of Custody for DNA sample collection

The sampler: The DNA samples in a legal paternity test are taken by a doctor or qualified nurse, referred to as the sampler. He or she is also responsible for placing the swabs in the designated envelopes and sending them back for testing. The sampler verifies the samples and makes sure that at no stage does the client come into contact with the DNA samples.

Identification of parties involved: All participants in the test must provide two passport sized photos displaying a full face with no hair or hats covering any part of the face. The sampler will need to endorse the photos by doing the following:

  1. I [name of sampler] certify that this is the true likeness of [name of the person in the photo]
  2. Sampler’s signature
  3. Date

Identity must be provided for sampling by showing tangible identification which can include any of the following: Passport, Full Drivers License, Armed Forces ID card, Pass card issued by a Government Department or other photo ID. Certified copy of birth certificate for children tested.

Identification will further ensure the genuine identity of the people involved. Moreover, take a photocopy of your chosen identification and sign and date the back.

Legal DNA testing is done for both our relationship DNA testing and paternity DNA testing services. We will further advise you on your specific case.

Please note, the NHS does not provide free DNA paternity testing.

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