How Much Does Paternity Testing Cost?

    The cost of the paternity test will vary depending on the state where the test is run and the situation surrounding the paternity test. The general price range for a paternity test in an office ranges from $400 to $500. Even a test from the most established and trusted DNA paternity testing facility should not cost more than $550.

    If the paternity test is conducted as a result of a court order, the price may be lower than average as the court system may have established a contract for service with a specific DNA paternity testing facility. The ordered trio will need to contact the courts to find out if there is a contract of service in place for a specific lab.

    In rare cases where the first paternity test is inconclusive a more rigorous test will need to be conducted to establish paternity. This test can cost much more than the average blood or cheek swab DNA paternity test.

    The Ob / Gyn can also choose to order a paternity test while the fetus is still in utero. This test requires chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis. These tests come with a very large price tag as the cost of the medical procedure will need to be covered along with the cost of the paternity test. Specific prices will vary depending on whether the insurance covers the medical procedure or not.
    The final option for paternity testing is the at home kit. This kit will give completely accurate results when the directions are followed. However, the kit results will not be admissible in a court of law.