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If the child is a minor (younger than 18 years), the mother needs to be present to sign consent for testing for the minor child. If the child is older than 18 years, the mother need not be present.
If the mother is still alive but does not want to be present for the test, an affidavit is required explaining why she is not present. The affidavit must be brought with the other parties.
If the mother is deceased, then the death certificate of the mother must be brought with the other parties and a legal guardian needs to be present to sign consent for testing for the minor child.
As the test is designed to test for paternal relationships, the alleged father’s DNA is required to compare against the child’s DNA.
However, if the alleged father is deceased, there are other family members we can use in order to determine whether the child is of the same paternal line as the tested family member. Please contact us and we can further discuss this with you.
We need a finger prick sample from the mother, the father and the child (a standard paternity test). There is an additional cost per extra child tested.
The price is the same if the mother is not tested. There is no discount if more than 3 people are tested – an additional cost will be charged per extra child tested. The test will take the same amount of time.
No, medical aid does not cover the cost of the test.
Results take about 4 weeks from the date MDS receives the sample and payment.
The parties who requested the paternity test will be sent the results. The results will be released to the first contact person as per the instructions that will have been documented; thereafter the results will be released to the second party. These results will either be emailed or they can be collected from the MDS head office. If the case is being processed by an attorney, the results will be sent to the attorneys of both parties.
Each set of tubes that are used in the sample collection process are bar coded to ensure correct identification. Further, the bar codes which are allocated to each individual family are unique number sets. Lastly, a tamper evident security bag and tube/needle container is provided so that samples can be safely sent to the laboratory for analysis. .
One drop of blood contains more than enough DNA in order to perform the test in the lab.
No, children less than 2 years will/can be pricked on the heel to obtain a blood sample.
Testing can be performed from birth so the finger prick blood sample can be taken as early as this.
A positive match for the paternity test provides a probability of greater than 99.9999% that the alleged father is the biological father of the child/children in question.