DNA testing is often required in child maintenance service cases, because DNA testing is the most accurate scientific method of establishing a biological relationship between two or more individuals.

A child inherits DNA from both of its parents. Paternity DNA tests can identify whether a man is the father of a child by analysing specific DNA markers in each sample provided by the family members. As such, it is possible to identify which half of the child’s DNA is inherited from the father and which half is from the mother. If the man undergoing DNA testing is the biological father, both father and child will share identical sections of DNA at each marker. If the tested man is not the biological father there will be differences in the DNA.

AlphaBiolabs offers two types of DNA tests: Peace of Mind and Legal. Peace of Mind tests can help you get the answers you need. However, for a child maintenance service case you will need to undertake a legal DNA test. This is because the results of the DNA testing need to be legally defensible.

Legal DNA paternity tests can be used to stand as evidence in court, for child custody issues and to change the name on a birth certificate. Unlike the Peace of Mind tests, which are performed at home by the individual themself. Legal DNA tests need to be performed under specific instructions, known as chain of custody. This means that the DNA sample does not leave the custody of those who are legally responsible for ensuring the authenticity of its results. In this case, a professional sample collector would need to ensure that the correct individual is providing the sample by checking ID, taking photographs and getting signed paperwork. AlphaBiolabs has a network of sample collectors who can visit any convenient address to collect samples under chain of custody. In addition, legal samples can be collected for free at our nationwide Walk in Centres.

AlphaBiolabs is on this government-accredited list of testing laboratories. You will have to pay the test fee of £239.40; however, this will be refunded if the DNA test shows that you’re not the parent. The Child Maintenance Service may pay the test fee if you cannot afford to pay it, but you will have to pay it back if you are proved to be the parent.

How to get a DNA test for child maintenance service

Further information on getting a DNA test from the government can be found here. Details on AlphaBiolabs’ range of DNA testing services can be accessed at our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any other queries, please call Customer Services on 0333 600 1300 or email