Can I Do a Paternity Test without the Father?
There are several reasons why a possible father may not be able to participate in testing: he may not be willing, he may be unavailable, or he may no longer be living, just to name a few. So is it possible to do a DNA paternity test without the father? Yes! There are other types of testing that can answer a paternity question that can provide conclusive results. It’s important to know that paternity kits purchased at retail stores are not designed for testing without the father; it’s best to just contact the lab directly to set up the test.
A DNA paternity test without the father requires the participation of one or more of his immediate biological relatives: one or both parents, siblings, or other known children. When doing this type of family reconstruction testing, we always recommend including the biological mother of the child because her DNA can greatly strengthen results. Here are some options available for testing.
Grandparent DNA Test
The best option is to use the DNA from one or both of the possible father’s biological parents (the child’s grandparents) to help determine paternity. Testing just one parent is good, but testing both is ideal, since the likelihood of getting the most conclusive results goes up when more DNA is contributed to testing.
Aunt-Uncle DNA Test
As a top DNA lab maintaining the highest levels of accreditation, DDC has the most extensive array of genetic markers at its disposal to help piece together whether or not there is a biological relationship between a child and his/her aunt or uncle. An Aunt-Uncle test (also called an “avuncular” DNA test) is a good option since the aunt/uncle shares 25% of their DNA with their niece/nephew.
Sibling DNA Test
Finally, the lab can test the DNA from a known child of the possible father to see if the two potential siblings are related. If the known child doesn’t share the same mother as the child being tested, then both mothers should contribute their DNA to increase the chances of getting conclusive results. A sibling DNA test can be used to establish paternity, but a grandparent test is more likely to be conclusive.
If you choose to do a legal DNA test for any of the above options, results are court-admissible and can be used for Social Security, inheritance, and immigration cases. Determining a paternity relationship through one or more of the options above is like putting together the pieces of a genetic puzzle, and our experts are the best in the business at getting the most conclusive results.
Yes, there are options for doing a DNA paternity test without the father, but keep in mind it’s still best to include him in testing if at all possible! The chances of getting conclusive results when the possible father participates is 100%, and a straight paternity test is more cost-effective.
REMINDER: A home paternity test kit purchased from the store or online is not designed for family reconstruction testing. If you need to do a DNA paternity test without the father, please contact us directly for a confidential consultation. One of our friendly experts can help determine which option will be the best choice for answering your paternity question.
Don’t hesitate to call us at 800-929-0847: We’re here to help.
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