DNA testing is a highly accurate method of ascertaining the biological relationship between individuals. As such, it is relied upon to resolve family law matters such as identifying parents in child custody and child maintenance cases.

Our in-house geneticists will be able to advise on which test is right for your case.

  • If a parental sample is not available, other DNA relationship tests can be used to identify close relatives, such as grandparents, siblings and aunts or uncles.
  • Even before a child is born, prenatal DNA testing can be used to determine paternity. This is a non-invasive, risk-free test that can provide results in 4–7 days.
  • DNA ancestry tests can help determine ethnicity when placing a child in a foster family.

When the results of DNA relationship tests can have such significant effects on a family unit, you need to be confident that the testing results are accurate – and above all – presented on time. All legal DNA testing services are performed in-house at AlphaBiolabs with next day results provided as standard. Same day results are also available.

DNA test results affects judicial decisions

Life-changing care proceedings need decisions that are backed by scientific evidence. For this, you need to use a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs specialises in DNA testing and has worked with social workers and family law solicitors for 15 years. Our legal DNA testing follows strict procedures to maintain chain of custody, which means that our results are court-approved and are accepted by Family Law courts, the Child Support Agency and the Home Office.

We analyse samples for up to 35 markers, using the latest technology, retesting any exclusions for crucial reassurance that the results are completely accurate. This means that you can have complete confidence in the quality of this service, without having to wait any longer than necessary. Our laboratory processes are UKAS 17025 accredited, and we are Ministry of Justice (MoJ) approved to carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under Section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.

Evidence-based reports

Together with the other available evidence, our Statement of Witness reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your care proceeding case.

The reports work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010). They are clear, concise and won’t baffle you with science. The reports include all of the details of the DNA tests performed, the results in full and a conclusion based on the evidence. In addition, to save you time deciphering the content, our reporting scientists also provide their expert opinion where they interpret the results. Whether you are a private individual, a social worker or solicitor, we can help you with expert advice on legal DNA testing. Please call 0333 600 1300 or email us at