Testing for Paternity Later in Life

While many paternity tests are conducted on newborn infants, thousands of families also take DNA tests purely for their own peace of mind later in life. Perhaps there was a discrepancy in the past in terms of a mix-up at the hospital or just inaccurate records, no matter what the relation, there is a human desire to know the truth.

Testing for biological fatherhood using a DNA paternity test is as easy as buying a kit, swabbing the cheeks for DNA cells and sending it to the DDC laboratory for processing. Regardless of age, you can have comfort knowing the true biological connection of someone in your family.

Understanding the Past

Taking a paternity test as an adult can help you understand your heritage, which includes things like immigration and ancestry. Knowing where you came is very important to lots of people and cultural groups, and can be intrinsically tied to personal identity.

Some adopted children who have gotten in touch with their biological parents may want confirmation that they are truly related to the alleged birth parents. It is not uncommon for children to ask for paternity tests and other information when reuniting with a maternal or paternal figure.

Creating a Future

When you are aware of your family’s history of illnesses, you can better prepare for the future. Having accurate information about your birth parents is potentially life saving in some cases. Knowledge that diabetes, cancer, mental illness or other conditions are in your bloodline is also a top priority if you are starting a family.

Looking to do a DNA test, for you or for a member of your family? If you still have questions about DNA paternity testing, visit the MyDNATest FAQ page or Store Locator page to find a store near you to purchase a DNA test kit. The process is simple and fast, with results available online.