top of page

Coroner DNA Paternity

Photo ID Required

  • 30 minutes
  • 1,000 US dollars

Cavehill Labs

A Coroner DNA Paternity Test involves obtaining a sample from a deceased alleged father through the Medical Examiner's Office or Coroner, typically using blood stains, tissues, or other available samples. The child's and, if possible, the mother's samples are collected via buccal cheek swabs at one of our offices. This test helps establish paternity in cases where the alleged father has passed away prematurely. It's essential to conduct the test promptly after the deceased's passing, as coroners usually retain blood spot samples for 1-2 years. Once these samples are destroyed, conducting the DNA test becomes challenging. However, in cases involving homicide, samples are kept indefinitely for potential future investigations. Funeral homes may have protocols for releasing blood samples, often requiring consent from the next of kin or, in some cases, a court order. Requirements for a coroner paternity test include obtaining permission from the deceased's legally designated next of kin. This includes the spouse, adult children, parents, and adult siblings. A court order may be necessary if the next of kin is unavailable or refuses consent. The order of precedence for next of kin, if uncertain, typically follows: 1. Legal spouse 2. Adult children (18 or older) 3. Parents 4. Adult siblings (18 or older) The mother of the child is not considered next of kin unless falling into one of the above categories. All parties involved in the test must be present together at the testing facility and provide government-issued photo identification.


bottom of page