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An NHS chief has stated that an estimated 4% of the population is unaware that the man they call their father is not their true biological relative. Whilst a child’s mother is usually obvious, only DNA testing can confirm paternity and name an individual as a father. But does the mother need to partake in this testing?

DNA paternity tests prove parentage by analysing DNA within samples provided by the family members. These samples are provided by swabbing the inside of an individual’s cheek to collect buccal cells. By looking at specific DNA markers in each sample, it is possible to identify which half of the child’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which half is from the father. When testing a biological father, both child and father will share identical sections of DNA at each marker. When the tested man is not the biological father there will be differences in the DNA.

A mother’s sample is not needed for paternity testing

AlphaBiolabs can still perform a Peace of Mind paternity test without the mother’s sample. However, when the mother’s DNA sample is included it is possible to identify which of the child’s DNA comes from her, leaving the paternal DNA to compare against the alleged father. Probability of paternity can thus be calculated with much greater certainty when the mother is included in the testing. So although not necessary, the mother’s involvement is preferred. However, if you order a test and the mother is unable to take part, you will still receive a conclusive result.

A mother’s permission is not needed for Peace of Mind paternity tests as long as the father has parental responsibility for the child. Peace of Mind paternity testing kits can be bought online for just £99 and posted direct to your home, with next day results. The testing kits can also be bought at Home Bargains stores.

However, if a mother refuses to determine paternity for legal reasons, a court can order a legal paternity test to be performed. A mother has to give her consent for children to have a DNA test but the court can override any refusal if it considers it’s in the child’s best interest for the sample to be taken.

More information on whether a mother can refuse a paternity test can be read on our Learning centre here.

For details of which DNA testing service is right for you, please contact AlphaBiolabs on 0333 600 1300; email: