DNA Test - Bridgeport, CT

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Bridgeport, Connecticut at at a centrally located testing laboratory. Call (203) 987-6356 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 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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Bridgeport CT DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Bridgeport CT 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 Bridgeport DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Bridgeport CT

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport, plus many more locations throughout Connecticut 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 Bridgeport, CT was in 2018.

Commitment to Community

Serving the community and providing DNA testing in Bridgeport, Connecticut is part of who we are. Health Street is proud to help Bridgeport residents with paternity tests, sibling tests, and avuncular testing.

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Establishing Paternity in Bridgeport, CT

Under Connecticut law, when a married Bridgeport couple has a child, paternity is automatically established as it is presumed that the husband is the child's biological father. For an unmarried Bridgeport father to obtain his paternal rights, the legal establishment of paternity must be completed by both parents following the birth of the child.

The simplest way to complete the paternity establishment process is by filing an Acknowledgement of Paternity. This form can be completed at the hospital following the child's birth or through a Fairfield County Department of Social Services office. Bear in mind, an Acknowledgement of Paternity is a legally binding process and should only be completed if there is full confidence in a child's paternity or if DNA paternity testing has already been completed.

Dealing with Paternity Denial in Bridgeport, CT

In certain situations, a Bridgeport parent may refuse to establish legal paternity due to the belief that the presumed father is not the biological father. Failure to establish legal paternity in the state of Connecticut can prevent a parent from seeking monthly child support assistance as well as from establishing any child custody agreements.

If a parent refuses to take the necessary steps to establish paternity, the other must file a paternity petition through Fairfield County Family Court. This legal motion will allow a judge to request the opposing party to complete the necessary establishment steps, including DNA paternity testing. If DNA testing successfully identifies the biological father, the courts will establish legal paternity along with child support agreements.

Experts in Bridgeport, CT Say…

As previously mentioned, a Bridgeport father cannot be considered the legal father of a child without the legal establishment of paternity. Without paternity, the man has no parental rights over the child. Establishing paternity benefits the father by providing such rights, and also benefits the child. According to Bridgeport family law attorney Katherine Bakes, establishing paternity helps provide medical insurance from both parents, social security benefits, and inheritance rights to the child.

Last updated 9/21/2022

Neighborhoods Served in Bridgeport

North End
East Side
West End
Reservoir - Whiskey Hill
South End
North Bridgeport
Mill Hill

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