Paternity Questions?

Not the Father? More and More Ask the Question

From emotional and health considerations to financial welfare, paternity answers can have a significant impact for children as well as the adults involved.  Although the specific reasoning for paternity testing varies from person to person the desire for answers is universal.

Interest in knowing for sure if one is or is not the father is growing rapidly.  For example, Google searches on the term “not the father” have climbed steadily since 2007.  Furthermore, celebrity paternity cases receive extended media attention on social media sites, magazines, TV and even music radio.  Advocates, jurisdictions and legislators have also begun taking notice.  In 2011 the state of Texas passed a statute allowing men to request paternity testing (DNA testing) even long after their divorce or paternity suit has been finalized.

It is estimated that over 500,000 paternity tests are performed annually by AABB accredited laboratories.  The Relationship Testing Accreditation Program is based on standards for the performance of tests for relationship and provides for the assessment and accreditation of laboratories performing relationship testing. The list of AABB Accredited Relationship Testing Laboratories specifies those laboratories in the US that have attained AABB accreditation in relationship testing. There are over 40 AABB accredited relationship testing laboratories. This accreditation helps laboratories achieve quality performance.

Do you or someone you know suspect that you are not the father? 

Results of a recent survey indicate that more than one in ten (11 percent) adults ages 18 years and older said they have personally been in a situation where a paternity test was appropriate, and nearly one in five (18 percent) said that they or a close friend or family member have questioned paternity.   Although these figures signify the prevalence of paternity questions among men and women, it was men – nearly twice as many men as women – who acknowledged their intent to resolve their paternity questions in the coming year.  (*Identigene commissioned survey results)

“Knowledge is empowering,” says Steven Smith, Executive Director of IDENTIGENE, the largest direct-to-consumer DNA paternity testing laboratory and maker of the Identigene DNA Paternity Test. “It’s important for children and families to know the truth about paternity.”  If you suspect that you are not the father, DNA paternity testing can help answer your suspicion.

Are you paying child support but are or may not be the father?

You are not alone. Many men who are not the biological father of a child, are in fact, legally financially responsible for that child.  Noncompliance of child support responsibility can result in jail time.  In the case of Turner vs Rogers which examines child support “…an estimated 50,000 persons are kept in jail or in prison on any given day in the U.S. for child support arrears.”

You may wonder if there are any legal options for men paying child support who may not be the father of a child.  For example, in the state of Texas, an option exists, but has strict time limits.  If DNA test results show you are not the father, you can legally stop child support payments- even if you continue to see and have a relationship with the child. With the assistance of a Texas attorney, Dennis Fuller, Identigene spent several months this year using social media and advertising to inform Texas residents about the time-sensitive child support ammendment. Every state has their own laws regarding paternity and child support. If you suspect paternity fraud, please refer to your state’s requirements for disestablishment of paternity on an official state government website or contact a local family attorney.

If you suspect you are not the father, you can find out for sure.

Paternity answers have never been easier to obtain. DNA Paternity testing can be found locally at retail pharmacies and Walmart supercenters across the nation.  IDENTIGENE makes paternity testing simple, affordable and convenient, providing paternity resources, consultation and Test AssuredTM results.   IDENTIGENE DNA Paternity Tests are 100% accurate and also allow for a court-admissible option.

Paternity results will determine if you are not the father and can also reveal often life-changing information.  While only 1/3 of the cases tested by IDENTIGENE are found to not be the father, IDENTIGENE recognizes the uniqueness of the story and questions behind each paternity DNA case and offers a variety of resources to assist individuals and families with the impact the paternity test results can create.


*About the Identigene Paternity Survey The Identigene Paternity Survey was conducted online with a random sample of 1039 men and women aged 18+– all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel closely matches US population demographics and the respondents are representative of men and women aged 18+. Research was conducted in December 2011. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence.


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  1. What charge do I lay if I am not the father

    • Hi Pranesh,
      A standard home paternity test is $29.99 plus the additional $129 lab processing fee, or a total of about $159. You can also obtain and send in a $20 off coupon towards your lab processing fee on our Identigene Facebook page here: The price of your test is not adjusted based on the results of your paternity test. I hope this answered your question. If you continue to have any questions or concerns, please call our friendly client support staff at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ET. Thank you for your comment!

  2. I don’t know if you answer these type questions or not, but I’m trying to get answer .I have been doing family ancestry and I really believe I have found a lady related to my grandmother’s biological family. This has been difficult for my grandmother was adopted back around 1900. Question ? Is there any telling of relation if this lady’s g-grandmother was my aunt’s g- grandmother , so I could pay for them to be tested if this were so ?

    • Dear Tim,
      Our DNA relationship tests can tell if people are related. We have a sibling test, uncle/aunt test, maternity, paternity and grandparentage test. From your situation, I’m not sure what one of our tests could help. You can call our client support staff at 888-404-4363 to explain your situation in more depth to see if we have a test that would meet your needs. Another way to trace relationships, is through an online Family Tree database. Have you considered to trace your family tree? Best of luck.

  3. I wanted to tell you a story that applied to me for other men out there. I married a woman that was a couple months pregnant from her first husband when we met. I gave the child my name on birth certificate although I knew biologically he wasn’t mine , .shorten story , we divorced and she wanted DNA test done . results came back saying that I was more than likely the baby’s father. She contested results so supposedly more in depth test were done , which then said I wasn’t father . I question how many men pay support on children that are not really their own’ If this original test had not been contested.

  4. I am all for paternity testing, especially if you are unsure! It is so critical that people find out who the real parent is for the child’s sake! You also mentioned legal battles which could go either way depending on whether that person is the father or not! It’s so important for people to do a DNA test if there is even a slight chance that they are not the father.