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Paternity Testing

Deceased Alleged Father

In certain circumstances, the alleged father is either deceased or unavailable for testing. There are several options available:


  • ANTE-MORTEM/ POST-MORTEM SAMPLE OF THE ALLEGED FATHER
    Such samples include a pathology or autopsy sample from the hospital or morgue. As long as the sample is released along with a completed Orchid Cellmark Consent and Chain of Custody form, the sample can be accepted for use in a Court Ready test.

  • TEST BOTH PARENTS OF THE ALLEGED FATHER
    Since the alleged father’s DNA has been inherited from his own parents, it is possible to conduct a test using samples from both of the biological parents of the alleged father. Although a grandparentage test can be conducted with only one grandparent, we strongly recommend testing both parents of the alleged father and the mother of the child.

  • TEST ONE PARENT OF THE ALLEGED FATHER
    If only one of the alleged father’s own parents is available for testing, a conclusive result cannot be guaranteed since we are working with only 50% of the genetic make up of the alleged father.

  • TEST MULTIPLE "FIRST DEGREE" RELATIVES OF THE ALLEGED FATHER
    Testing can also be performed if no parent of the alleged father is available. In order to do this, it is best to test at least 3 known biological relatives of the father. The results may not be conclusive.