DNA Testing in Amherst, OH

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Amherst, Ohio at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (440) 536-3868 or schedule online. with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Schedule your Amherst DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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DNA Test - Amherst, Ohio

Amherst OH DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Amherst, Ohio clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
Avuncular DNA Test (aunt/uncle and niece/nephew)

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to obtain a DNA sample for paternity testing is to swab the inner cheeks of the alleged father and child or children. These skin cells are known as buccal cells, and they rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place for analysis by our laboratory.

Other specimen samples, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also be tested. An Alternative Specimen DNA Test is done by ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. Accurate results for DNA paternity testing with 99.99% confidence or greater take about a week.

When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Amherst DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Amherst OH

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Amherst clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week. It's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Amherst, plus many more locations throughout Ohio and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Amherst, OH was in 2020.

Commitment to Community

We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service for a paternity test in Amherst, Ohio. Health Street is very proud of our commitment to the DNA testing needs of the community.

DNA Testing Information for Amherst OH

Local Teen Uses DNA Test in Search for Father with Amherst Connection

CJ Kenerly recently took a DNA test in the hopes of finding his father, who was an anonymous donor at a Cincinnati fertility clinic. When CJ's mother, Holly, choose in-vitro fertilization 18 years prior, she had to sign paperwork promising that she didn't want anything from the donor. However, now that CJ has started his search and connected with some of his siblings, it raises questions regarding the donor's privacy rights.

Holly knows that the donor had connections to Amherst and that the sperm was retrieved from a fertility clinic in Columbus. The donor also lost a sister in a motorcycle accident in Amherst in 1990. While there's nothing to legally prevent CJ from reaching out to his biological father, he hasn't yet, in the hopes that his father will contact him instead.

Establishing Paternity in Amherst

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are three ways to establish legal paternity in Amherst (and the rest of the state):

Acknowledgement of Paternity Affidavit - a voluntary form signed by both parents acknowledging that the man is the child's biological father.
Administrative Order of Paternity - when unmarried parents have a child, the Child Support Enforcement Agency can order a DNA test. If it shows the man is the child's biological father, the agency will issue an order of paternity.
Court Order of Paternity - this is established through juvenile court or the domestic relations court as part of a divorce decree.

Rights and Responsibilities of Paternity in Amherst

Amherst-based domestic litigation firm Cordel & Cordell states that there are many benefits of establishing paternity. This includes providing the child with financial support, giving him or her access to medical and life insurance, Social Security benefits, military benefits, and a full family medical history.

Once a man is deemed to be a child's biological father, he is responsible for the child's medical and financial support until adulthood. If the parents aren't able to work the details out themselves, the courts will rule on important considerations including child support payments, visitation, and custody.

Neighborhoods Served in Amherst

Brownhelm Station
Penfield Junction
Kendeigh Corner
South Amherst

Additional Services

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