Paternity Testing when the Father is Deceased

Crime shows like CSI and NCIS make it seem like you can recover DNA samples from almost anything, for any reason. But many people wonder where television drama stops and reality begins. Can you recover conclusive, accurate DNA and Paternity Testing results when circumstances are not ideal? What about if the Father you want to test is Deceased?

Our Answer: With the Right Samples, we can provide an Accurate Result!

Paternity Testing on a Deceased Father

Our preferred method for collecting DNA samples is the Buccal Swab. It’s a special device that looks like a long Q-Tip, and you brush this against the inside of both cheeks. This collects a large amount of easily verifiable DNA. It’s quick, painless, and incredibly accurate.

But sometimes it’s not that simple, such as when the Father is Deceased. In these cases, we would look to “non-standard” methods of DNA Testing.

You may have other samples of the Father’s DNA, such as his blood, hair, fingernail or toenail clippings, or things of this nature. These are going to be the next best thing to provide a conclusive Paternity Test. If you’re not sure whether an item would be good to test or not, call us at 866.232.7660 and we’ll help you decide.

If none of these samples are available, then the next best option is to test close relatives of the Father. The best people, if available, are the father’s biological parents (your child’s grandparents on the father’s side). Testing both parents will help strengthen the accuracy of the result, but even just one parent would be extremely helpful.

If neither parent is available to test, there are other relatives that may be able to provide a result, but the accuracy decreases the further away the relative is biologically from the father. An Aunt/Uncle test, or a Sibling Test, are also good options to help determine Paternity.

The Largest Accredited Paternity Testing Network

With over 2,000 centers nationwide, we are one of the largest, most affordable, networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles). We also offer specialty testing, such as, immigration, deceased individuals, incarcerated individuals, unborn children and more.

1 Comment

  • Sc says:

    My brother is deceased. He died in January. We do not have the same father. Our mother is alive. There is one child that would like to be tested for paternity. Would any of his blood samples still be available if he was in and out of the hospital? How much is the cost?

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