How old does the child need to be before performing a DNA test?

As soon as a child is born a DNA test can be performed.

Taking a sample for DNA testing from a baby is very straightforward and painless. A simple cotton swab is used to scrape some cells from the inside of the cheek of the babies mouth. This sample along with the mother and fathers is then sent on for analysis. Most reputable DNA testing companies provide a kit and instructions on how to carry out this process. You can obtain a kit by clicking here

It is critical to note if the DNA test is being carried out in order to contest Paternity, the conditions under which the samples are taken and sealed, must follow a process which allows the result to be admissible in court. The DNA testing facility can normally advise on the procedure, but in general expect the following to apply:

  • The samples must be taken by an in dependant verifiable individual.
  • The samples must be sealed, and signed for by the in dependant individual.
  • Photographs of the individuals providing the samples are often required, to confirm the identify of the sample donors.
  • A complete and intact chain of custody must be demonstrated from when the samples are taken, to when the results are provided.
  • The samples are often tested in duplicate to confirm the first set of results.
  • The 'court worthy' tests are generally more expensive.