Can a paternity or maternity test be performed if the alleged father or mother is missing or deceased?

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Can a paternity or maternity test be performed if the alleged father or mother is missing or deceased?

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Several testing options are available in situations where the alleged father is missing or deceased: The first option that should be considered is viability testing on a sample taken from the deceased, such as stored blood or a tissue sample. (This type of sample usually comes from a coroner’s or medical examiner’s office.) If usable DNA is found in the sample, we can conduct a paternity / maternity test using it as the alleged father’s/mother’s sample. If no biological samples from the alleged father or mother are available, then seeking an alternative DNA sample (such as a used kleenex, hairs with the roots attached, finger/toe nails, tampon, etc.) is another possibility. Please take a look at our Alternative / Non-Standard DNA Samples Page to learn more. If obtaining a sample of any kind that originated from the father or mother proves difficult, then the a grandparentage testing is the next option to consider. Both biological parents of the alleged father or mother are required to

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