Below is a list of questions to ask yourselves before going ahead with testing to help you to consider carefully how you will all be affected by finding out the results of the test.
- Could finding out the results have a negative impact on family relationships?
- Could finding out the results have any financial implications for the family?
Checklist for tests involving children under 16 years old only:
- Do you think the child’s sense of identity would be affected by finding out the results of the test?
- Is everyone agreed that this test is in the best interests of any child being tested?
- If any child being tested is old enough (mature enough) to understand the test and its implications - have things been fully discussed with them?...
- ... and are they happy for the test to go ahead?
- If any child being tested is not old enough (mature enough) to understand the test and its implications - have you thought about what you will say to the child when collecting the mouth swabs?
- Have you considered seeking counselling before going ahead with testing?
- Have you seen the list of organisations which may be able to help you in your decision to proceed with testing?
- As you will no doubt appreciate, once the results of the test are known - there is no going back. Having thought about all the issues and implications, are you quite sure you want to go ahead with testing?
- Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?
For ALL Assure DNA Paternity tests, please take note of the following:
- Assure DNA Paternity testing cannot be carried out where one of the parties is an identical twin
- Assure DNA Paternity testing will not normally be undertaken where a close relative of the alleged father or mother could potentially be the father or mother of the child being tested. Please contact Anglia DNA direct.
- Assure DNA Paternity testing will ONLY be carried out where the mother is being tested along with the father and child, and where both parents are at least 16 years old.
- Assure DNA Paternity kits CANNOT be used where the results are required for legal purposes - for example, changing a birth certificate or going to court. Please contact Anglia DNA directly.
- Assure DNA Paternity kits should NOT be used for sibling testing. Please contact Anglia DNA directly.
- If you wish to test an additional child or father, you will need an additional person kit. Please contact Anglia DNA directly.