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Court-Ordered Paternity tests, Who pays for a DNA test in court?

Court Ordered DNA Test. Who Pays For It? There are only two options in which the parties involved have to choose from. One, if the parties involved choose to perform a paternity test privately. Meaning they will pay out of pocket. 

Second, if the parties involved decide to settle their paternity issue through the courts. If the second option is your choice. Then it is  important to note. Normally, a Judge decides whether the parties involved need the assistance of the state. If the alleged father is unable to pay for a paternity test during the court proceeding. The court may opt to have the state pay for your DNA test. But, in most states, the petitioning party will have to reimburse the state. We recommend seeking a family law professional in your state to inquire about whether the court will provide non-reimbursement DNA testing services.

If you would like to coordinate your DNA Testing appointment today or have questions about court-ordered DNA Testing please contact IDTO at 877-680-5800.

A Court Ordered DNA Test is a product of a disagreement between an alleged father and mother. In order to bridge the differences many times, the mother or the alleged father will file with the courts a Paternity Petition.

Below are the people that have the ability to file for Paternity Petition with Family Court.

  • the child’s mother
  • a man who believes he is the father
  • the child or child’s guardian
  • the Department of Social Services if the child is getting public assistance

It is important to note, court-ordered DNA Tests normally pertain to unmarried couples.

If you would like to coordinate your DNA Testing appointment today or have questions about court-ordered DNA Testing please contact IDTO at 877-680-5800.

What To Expect From Our Service

  • Fast, Accurate & Affordable DNA paternity results in 2-3 business days.
  • Professional DNA Sample Collection Technicians with over 10 plus years experience.
  • Easy appointment set-up
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Results are recognized by the USCIS, Embassies, Passport Agencies and Family Court.
  • Facilities that we partner with are accredited by the AABB to conduct Immigration and legal chain of custody testing.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

If the court decides the state will pay for your DNA test. The turnaround time for your DNA result maybe anywhere from average time of 5-8 weeks.

IDTO DNA paternity testing court admissible services have an average turnaround time of  1 to 3 business days from the date in which the laboratory receives all samples.

It is also important to note if the state pays for your DNA test. In most instances, you will be responsible for repaying the state for the upfront costs of your paternity test.

A judge or magistrate will determine in a paternity test will need to be performed if an unmarried mother is trying to establish the paternity of her child.

If you decide to pay for a DNA Test privately. The turnaround time for your results is 2-3 business days. The lab we utilize performs DNA Tests on a minimum of 21 genetic markers as opposed to the court assigned DNA Labs which usually test on a range of 10-15 genetic markers. The price for a DNA Test with an alleged father and child starts at $350.00. All of these points should be taken into consideration if you are currently going through or about to go through this process. If you need an appointment for court-admissible DNA testing. Please contact our office today at 877-680-5800 to get started today.

Yes. If an alleged father receives a court-order and does respond to the court order. The alleged father may be held in contempt of court by the Judge or run the risk of a fine and/or jail time.

Yes. If a mother decides not to cooperate with a Judge or Magistrate’s request for DNA testing. The mother may run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Now, if the mother can provide a plausible reason for refusing to allow the child to perform a paternity test and the Judge accepts her request. Then the DNA test can be avoided.


The first thing you will need to acquire is one of the following, a prescription, a court-ordered (petition must be filed first) or, a letter from a New York State licensed attorney requesting a DNA test.  Unfortunately, having one of these documents are a requirement to perform DNA testing in New York State. 

After you acquire one of the above options. Contact IDTO at 877-680-5800 to coordinate your appointment date and time.

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