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The Pros and Cons of At-Home Testing Kits

We’ve all seen the talk shows that center around paternity. Would-be fathers sit on stage and wait as the results of their paternity tests are revealed to a national audience.

But now you can settle the question of fatherhood from the privacy of your own home.

Created by Sorenson Genomics in Salt Lake City, Identigene is a do-it-yourself paternity test that utilizes the same 16 DNA marker process used by court-approved testing labs all over the country. The difference is that Identigene is relatively cheap and unlike other DNA tests, you don’t need a court order or guest appearance on a talk show to get one.

How At-Home Paternity Tests Work

The Identigene kit provides swabs to collect cell samples from the child and assumed father. The samples are collected from the inside of the cheek, also known as a buccal swab. The mother’s cells aren’t required to get your results but they do help strengthen the outcome so consumers are encouraged to include samples from both parents as well as the child in question.

The swabs are then packaged and mailed to the Sorenson laboratory where the DNA analysis begins. You can have the results in as little as three business days and they can be obtained online, by mail or by phone.

The cost is amazingly cheap compared to traditional paternity tests – just $150 for both the test and the lab’s processing fee.

So what’s the catch? While do-it-yourself paternity testing offers a quick and affordable way to put paternity issues to rest, the tests are not typically considered to be validated and therefore, are not admissible in court.

The reason is that the testing laboratory has no control over the sample collection, meaning that there’s no way to prove that John Doe submitted the sample in question. No control means no chain-of-custody certification and that’s a requirement for any paternity test to be admissible in a court case.

The bottom line? If you’re just wanting to confirm your own suspicions, at-home paternity testing might well be the solution. If you suspect you’ll need those results in court, however, you may want to consider a validated test instead.


  • Kathy Rookstool

    My brother in law was shot and killed in August his girlfriend at the time stated she was pregnant. The baby will be here soon and I’m wondering if my husband can do the paternity test in place of his desceased brother?

  • lilmoms

    The father of my child has another daughter who is 17months and he was just ordered to pay $920 a month in child support. Is there a way to get this modified as now he is not able to help with our daughter? I do not have him on child support so the judge did not honor our daughter at the time of the hearing. He only makes $14/hr and this leaves him with no money to live off of. Also, if he does a court ordered paternity test in NJ is he still required to pay if he finds out she is not his?

  • dad

    I wife admitted cheating on me before and after we got married several times can i find out if she had a paternity test from another man.she was and currently still is receiving welfare. we have 3 kids are oldest one who is 12 i suspect for sure she had maybe someone because she didn’t make me sign his birth certificate an she told welfare she didn’t know who the father was We are seperated now and welfare made us do a Dna test on all 3 kids and they are all mine but we are not leagaly seperated and we dont live in the same household and i pay child support for all 3 kids.can because are still leagaly married can i find out if she had somone else tested through welfare