How Much Does A Paternity Test Cost?
| How Much Do Paternity Tests Cost?
There are two main types of paternity tests: Home paternity tests and legal paternity tests. The average cost of a home test is between $180 and $500 and an accredited legal test is between $400 and $1,000.
Why The Difference In Price?
A home kit can be purchased online or in many major stores like Walmart and Kmart. It is perfectly adequate for determining paternity if you don't need to use the results in a court of law. Be aware, when you buy a kit in store it may retail for as little as $25 or $30, but if you read the fine print, you'll see you need to pay a further $100 to $200 when you send your sample to the lab for testing.
Examples Of Home Testing Kits
1. Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit (Walmart or direct from Identigene online): $30 plus $129 lab fee. This kit allows for 3 Party testing - Mother, child, alleged father. You can rush your results (next day results) for an additional $99 ($228 total). Identigene state they examine "up to 17 genetic markers*".
Examples Of Legal Tests
1. LabCorp DNA laboratory offers a 21-marker genetic analysis*: $525 for 3-party testing - that is, mother, child and alleged father. They have 1,500 collection sites across the U.S.
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