In most cases
testing is needed in order to establish paternity for the child. The test, done by comparing the child's chromosomes with the father's, is 99.99% accurate, and can either confirm or rule out paternity. With DNA testing costs ranging anywhere from $400 to $2000, establishing paternity can put a strain on your wallet.
The costs vary greatly depending on where you live and the testing facility you choose to administer the tests. Fortunately, you can take some precautions to ensure you are getting the best possible rates and an accurate test.
Paternity Testing with the Help of Genetics
Fatherhood plays an important role in every child's life and the court system understands this. In order to ensure they are holding the right man financially responsible for the child, the judge orders paternity tests to be compiled and included in the case evidence. The same DNA testing is also used to establish paternity in custody battles.
This ensures the child will in fact be placed in the appropriate home. If you discuss the matter with your lawyer before going to court, your lawyer can recommend that the potential father be held responsible for the DNA testing cost. Most courts will rule that the father pay all, if not half of the cost to have paternity verified.
Labs offer Lower Prices & Discount Tests
By calling the local labs in your area, you should be able to compile a list of each lab and the cost of the
. Then, you can determine which lab charges the least amount. Also, ask the labs if they have special pricing for families considered low-income households or if they run specials on their rates close to Father's Day.
Some labs offer free paternity testing on Father's Day, so you might get lucky and avoid the costs altogether. Keep in mind that paternity testing done during pregnancy costs more that DNA testing done after the child is born.
This is because the procedure during pregnancy involves extracting and testing amniotic fluid, and the procedure after child birth simply involves rubbing a cotton swab along the child's cheek and comparing the genetic code.
You can also order a DIY DNA kit, test yourself and mail the results to the company offering the kit. This method will take you a bit of time but you should be able to get a PDF copy of the results by email or at least be contacted by phone with the results.