Paternity Testing

DNA Paternity Testing

DNA testing is a complex scientific process which can positively identify relationships between people. Most commonly it is used to establish if a man is the true biological father of a child. DNA paternity testing is also often referred to simply as a DNA test, a paternity test or DNA testing. DNA@Home from Cellmark is what is termed a "curiousity test" - that means the results will not be accepted in UK courts, nor by the Child Maintenance service or the Child Support Agency. If you are disputing paternity and require a test for those agencies then visit our legal DNA paternity testing site - www.cellmark.co.uk or contact them direct.

UK legislation requires that we must have consent for each sample to be tested. It also identifies who can give consent - please bear in mind that any form of "discreet" DNA testing where samples have been taken and submitted secretly is not permitted in this country. If you are unsure about who may give consent visit our dedicated page on the issue.

Our DNA scientists use samples taken by simple mouthswabs and look at up to 24 "markers" (one of the markers used is only found in males) on the DNA molecule to analyse the relationship of the individuals. This produces extremely accurate results which will either exclude paternity or indicate a paternal relationship at an extremely high level of confidence - usually in excess of 99.999%.

DNA relationship testing can be a life changing event and we would urge that before ordering a test you think carefully about the potential outcomes and have considered if testing will be in the best interests of those children involved.

Types of test
Relationship to be tested