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Home Paternity Testing

By Edited May 17, 2015 1 2

An at home paternity test can be used by mothers and fathers alike to establish a familial connection or lack there of between them and their children. These at home paternity testing kits can help you get the answers that you are looking for without having to resort to an embarrassing trip to some stranger for a DNA sample collection. This process is now available for you to do right from the comfort of your own home with simple to follow step by step instructions on how to use the home paternity test.


How do they work?


The do it yourself home paternity testing kit will typically consist of a swabbing kit (long Q-Tip looking swabs) and secure bags for mailing in your sample(s). All you have to do is simply swab the inside of the cheek, as will be directed on the package instructions, this action will collect cells painlessly from the inside of the mouth. This should be done for each of the persons whose paternity you want to test for; mother, alleged father and child or children, and then you simply place the swab directly into the specified sanitary container and or envelope.


All that is left for you to do is to then follow the return mailing instructions that should be outlined in the instructions. Every home paternity test kit should come with a detailed set of instructions on the proper method of conducting the tests, handling the collections and returning and receiving the results.


Fee's for a Home Paternity Test


Like any legal DNA testing that you have done to identify paternity there will be additional costs. These extra fee's will be considered "Lab costs" which are paid to the testing facility that receives and runs the DNA testing for you. The cost may vary depending on which home testing kit you buy as some home paternity test kits come with lab costs already included in the sales price, while other kits may only cost you under $15 and require separate payment for your lab fees.


Lab fees that are paid separately will typically average around $150 depending on location, lab and other affecting factors.


Where can I learn more about a Home Paternity Test?


You can visit the following link (which will open up in a new window): Do it Yourself paternity testing to browse through some of the home testing kits that are available to you or you can simply keep reading to learn more.


Are these Legal DNA results?


Your swabs are then turned over (unless otherwise specified) to accredited paternity testing labs whose DNA testing results are recognized. As long as the directions are followed completely and the tests are not contaminated or altered your results should be considered legitimate paternity test results. However, since the testing is not done under authorized supervision they may not be accepted if contested depending on the court and parties involved. Read your package specifications closely and contact the company if you are not clear as to how legally accepted the results of any particular testing kit or home paternity test is.



Nov 28, 2009 11:40am
This is widely used these days I think. Good info
Apr 20, 2010 3:13pm
This is great advice.
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