Paternity testing can be stressful enough. Add the fact that you don’t want mom, child or maybe even the possible father to know about the testing and it becomes even more of a worry! You begin to think of ways to test for paternity without the other party knowing, maybe sending in some hair, toothbrush or other special specimens. So . . .
“How can I do a secret DNA test?”
This is a very common question asked by potential IDENTIGENE clients when they call us. Many people are looking for a way to test without one or more persons knowing. Want to know how?
ANSWER: All legal DNA tests require a consent signature from the person whose samples were submitted. Samples provided for minors under the age of 18 need to have the consent form signed by a legal guardian. So if you want to do a legal paternity test using cheek-swab samples for mother, potential father, and child, it cannot be secret.
‘So can I send in a toothbrush or some hair?’
ANSWER: Yes, but the special specimen test still requests consent from all participants or samples will not be tested. Also, very specific criteria must be met in order for us to accept these types of samples for testing.
Here are some of the details about special-specimen testing:
- Our lab must do a viability test for special specimens first, to determine whether enough DNA can be extracted. The testing fee for viability is non-refundable.
- The lab needs more information such as what the sample is, how old the sample is, and how much of it there is.
- Special specimen testing is $150 plus the relationship test lab fee.
- Keep in mind that processing a special specimen does not guarantee there will be sufficient DNA for testing.
‘I don’t want testing to be secret, but they refuse to send in or provide a DNA sample. So what can I do?’
You’ve already tried talking to the person, letting them know the benefits of finding the truth and having a peace of mind, but they won’t budge. This is an issue we hear all the time and we sympathize! This is when other relationship testing comes in handy.
ANSWER: IDENTIGENE offers Grandparent, Sibling, and Avuncular DNA tests. We understand there are circumstances when a participant is not available or willing to test. These tests provide a way to answer paternity questions using first-degree relatives. Keep in mind that all test types will require consent from the participants sending in their DNA.
The bottom line
‘Honey, I want a paternity test,’ may not be your favorite conversation starter, and an even more difficult one to hear. When it comes to paternity testing, we believe honesty really is the best policy. Consent for the child and other participants must come first.
Read about how to ask your partner for a paternity test
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