Deceased DNA test
If you believe that someone who is deceased may be your biological parent, you may wish to undergo a paternity or maternity test to confirm your relationship. There are two options available to you if you want to pursue a DNA test after the alleged parent has passed away.
One option is to perform a post-mortem test. This involves obtaining a sample of the deceased individual’s DNA, typically from biological materials such as blood or tissue samples that were collected during an autopsy. This can then be compared to the DNA of the minor or adult child to determine whether there is a biological relationship. However, it is important to note that this option may not be available in all cases, as a sample may not have been collected and will depend on the circumstances of the individual’s death. Obtaining a post-mortem sample requires contacting the Coroner’s Court in the state where the individual died. If a sample has been retained, we can liaise with the relevant mortuary or laboratory to have it released to us for testing purposes.
If a DNA sample from the deceased is not available, another option is to perform a kinship DNA test, such as a sibling test. If there are two siblings who are both the alleged children of the deceased individual, we can compare their DNA to each other to determine whether they share a biological relationship. While this option may not definitively confirm parentage, it can still provide valuable information about your biological family.
Here at Identilab, we have experience dealing with this sensitive situation, and we are here to help you every step of the way. We want to note the importance that pursuing a DNA test after an alleged parent has passed away can be a complex and emotionally challenging process. You may wish to consult with a counselor or other qualified professional to discuss your options and determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances.
There are 3 easy steps to
find out if a deceased person
is related to someone:
Contact us by phone, email, or through our contact form to have a test customised to suit your specific situation. You’ll need to contact the Coroner’s Court in the state where the individual died to see if a sample is available and ask for it to be released. Once we receive this authority, we’ll send your collection kit. Orders received on a weekend or after 12pm on a weekday (Brisbane time) will be sent the next business day. Kits are sent in discreet packaging via Australia Post for free, or there is an Express Post option for an additional fee.
Your collection kit includes full instructions on how to have your sample(s) collected by your chosen medical professional – it’s just a quick and easy swab from inside the mouth. Package the samples in the supplied pre-paid return envelope and drop them back in the post. If you are located in Brisbane, and undertaking the legally admissible test, we can collect your samples in our office at no charge. We will coordinate with the relevant mortuary or laboratory to have the deceased person’s sample released to us.
Once we have all the samples at the lab, we’ll perform our testing as quickly as possible. You’ll receive your results via email within 5 business days of us receiving your samples (providing the samples are of good quality and additional testing is not required).
Deceased DNA test
As deceased parentage relationships can be quite complicated, please contact us on 1300 114 294 or by completing the enquiry form below so that we can tailor a package to your specific situation.