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Typical Cost of DNA Testing

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If you are a mother in doubt of the paternity of your child, you may want to consider the cost of DNA testing. When and where the test is taken has a huge bearing on how much your test will cost. Here are some facts to consider when signing up for a DNA test.


The cost of DNA testing can range from $400 to $2,000 and is cheaper after the baby is born.The earliest test you can take, after 10 weeks, is called Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS). The process involves sampling a piece of tissue from the uterus. Amniocentesis, which can take place as early as 14 weeks into the pregnancy, involves using a needle to sample the mother’s amniotic fluid. Postnatally, the doctor can use samples from various types of bio matter, including blood, hair, semen, saliva and tissue.

DNA testing also is used to identify and prevent medical conditions and track one’s genealogy. These tests, which aren’t yet as common as paternity tests and require a different methodology, will cost significantly more than the average cost of DNA testing to determine paternity.


While the cost of DNA testing may seem a lot for you right now, it is advisable to consider the long-term affects of this decision. Most obviously, your child has a chance at having a relationship with the father. Knowing the father can increase the medical information you have on your child, and can help garner him child support, veteran benefits, Social Security benefits, and inheritances.

Other Considerations

  • The cost of DNA testing will be higher at court-approved centers rather than “curiosity centers,” which are for those who aren’t ordered by the law to take a test.It is recommended to use a testing center that is certified by the American Association of Blood Banks.
  • Results are usually available in five days or less.
  • While results are commonly kept confidential, it is best to make sure before proceeding with the test.
  • There are risks associated with pre-natal testing. There are no known risks for taking a DNA test of a child after he is born.
  • Trying to determine date of conception is not an advisable way to determine paternity.

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