Why use the CMS?
Statistics show that one in six men who underwent paternity testing on their presumed offspring were in fact not the father.
These statistics were released by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), who estimated that around 3000 men who had DNA paternity testing in 2005 were unfairly paying for child maintenance. The paternity testing showed they were not in fact the fathers. Conversely, around 84% of all the men who came forward for paternity testing through the CSA were, it turned out, the fathers of the child in question.
The 3000 men, therefore, account for a relatively small percentage. Of course, for those men paternity testing makes all the difference to them both emotionally and financially.
The CSA was replaced in the long term by its successor launched in 2012, the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
We have a dedicated DNA sample collection service, which can visit you or your client anywhere in the UK. Alternatively, you can have your sample collected for free at one of our Walk in Centres. Our fully trained sample collectors follow strict procedures to maintain chain of custody, which is crucial during such forms of testing. We do the hard work so you don’t have to.
Our friendly and professional Customer Services team will manage your case from start to finish.
We will liaise directly with your client to arrange all appointments, which means that once you send us your instruction, you can rest assured we will manage the process. Just another reason to choose AlphaBiolabs.
* Working days from when the samples arrive at our laboratory before 10am.
Designed for the Child Maintenance Service to prove biological relationships for use in UK courts
Disagreements about the parentage of a child
If you have any reason to doubt that you are the parent of a child, or if the person you are naming as the parent of a child is not in fact the parent, you should contact the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) immediately.
If someone denies that they are the parent of a child the CMS will ask them for evidence proving that they are not the biological parent of the child in question. If there is no evidence to prove that they are not the biological parent of the child ask both parents to take a DNA test and ask the courts to make a decision on the parentage of the child.
If you are considering taking a DNA test to dispute the parentage of a child it is very important that you contact the CMS as soon as possible and tell them that you are using AlphaBiolabs to conduct your legal paternity test. If you have a legal representative you may ask him or her to do this for you. The CMS may ask for a written statement from you denying that you are the parent of the child in question.
Please Note: If you need a legal DNA test for use with the CMS then you must register with them before you purchase a DNA test from AlphaBiolabs. The CMS will only accept this legal DNA test if the alleged father, the mother and the child/children take part in the DNA testing process.
CMS DNA testing
Our CMS DNA testing is approved and accepted by the CMS. The CMS is the UK Government’s child maintenance service and their role is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute towards their children’s upkeep by paying child maintenance.
AlphaBiolabs has helped thousands of people with their CMS paternity testing in the UK.
If there is a dispute regarding the paternity of a child and the CMS are involved, then this is the test you will need.
Next day/same day* legal CMS DNA testing available if required
Approved CMS DNA testing
Our ethos is to make the DNA testing process as simple and convenient as possible to both yourself and the CMS. The CMS will only accept DNA samples from individuals if certain criteria have been met, such as:
- Does the laboratory doing the testing meet all the requirements for Legal DNA testing services?
- Does it appear qualified on the Ministry of Justice website as a qualified testing laboratory?
- Has a full chain of custody been maintained?
We have implemented several key changes to ensure that you, the customer, are receiving the best value possible as conveniently as possible and that all the criteria for the CMS have been met.
UK-wide sample collection
We have a UK-wide network of sample collectors available to take DNA samples and we are able to collect DNA samples from a place convenient to you. We have collected thousands of samples for CMS cases in the past year alone.
We also have a network of Walk in Centres across the UK. Using one of these centres could save you up to £165 on your testing or even more when combined with our price match promise.
If you require a CMS DNA test for yourself, a relative or a client please call 0333 600 1300.
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