DNA Testing in Billings, Montana
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Billings, Montana at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (406) 272-5001 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.
Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth a certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.
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Types of DNA Tests at our Billings MT 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:
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 Billings DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Billings MT
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Billings 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 Billings, plus many more locations throughout Montana and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.
DNA Paternity Testing Changes Lives for Billings and Cody Families
Two Billings residents learned that they had a half-sibling they never knew about after a man named David Etchells, who was adopted, took a DNA test in an attempt to find his biological family. Etchells was previously able to obtain his birth records and track down family on his mother's side, but didn't have any luck tracing his paternity, He was certainly surprised when he received his DNA test results, which stated: "Relationship: Roy Irvin Hostetler is your father."
Etchells reached out to Roy Hostetler, asked some questions about his biological mother, and, eventually told him, "I'm your son." Roy then called his four children from his first marriage -- two of whom lived in Billings -- to tell them they had a half-sibling. To say that they were shocked is an understatement. They all finally met in person and were surprised by how much they actually had in common. They planned to have more reunions in Billings and, eventually, to travel together. They're all thrilled to have a larger family and have called it "a turning point" in their lives.
Paternity Issues in Billings, MT
According to Family Law Rights, a group of attorneys in Billings, MT dedicated to helping locals navigate complex family law issues, there are several ways that paternity is established in Billings and all other locations in Montana. First, if the parents are married, the husband is assumed to be the father. Otherwise, paternity is established when the father signs a voluntary affidavit, along with the mother, confirming paternity. This is filed with the Montana Bureau of Vital Records. Alternatively, paternity is assumed if a man takes a minor child into his home and cares for it as if it is his own.
In the absence of these actions, paternity can be established through court action. This can be initiated by the parents, the child, or the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. If a DNA test concludes that the man has a 95 percent or higher probability of being the child's biological father, the courts will deem him to be the child's legal and biological father. At that point, the courts can address other issues like child support, custody, and visitation.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Billings, MT was in February of 2014. Since then, our Billings clinic locations have completed 9 DNA tests for local residents at our Billings specimen collection sites, plus thousands more in other Montana locations and across the USA.