DNA Test - Brookline, MA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Brookline, Massachusetts at 2 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (617) 863-9119 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 Brookline 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 - Brookline, Massachusetts

Brookline MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Brookline, Massachusetts locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

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 people being tested. 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 registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. 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. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Brookline DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Brookline MA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Brookline 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. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Brookline, plus many more locations throughout Massachusetts and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Brookline. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Brookline , MA so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Brookline to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Brookline that they need. 

Brookline, MA - DNA Testing

Why Establishing Parentage in Brookline, MA is Important

In the state of Massachusetts, parentage cannot be automatically established unless the parents are married at the time of the child's birth. Failure to establish parentage will result in a Brookline child only having their mother as a legal guardian, preventing a biological father from seeking paternal rights, including custody and visitation.

By establishing parentage, a child will have two documented parents, which allows them to receive benefits such as inheritance, social security, and health insurance coverage from both legal parents. It's important to first gain complete certainty in a paternity claim — such as through DNA paternity testing for the presumed father — before establishing parentage to avoid legal concerns later on.

Methods of Establishing Parentage in Brookline, MA

For Brookline parents, there are two methods to establish parentage in the state of Massachusetts. If both parents agree on the given paternity claim or if DNA testing has been used to identify the biological father, the most streamlined method is to sign an Acknowledgment of Parentage. This form can be signed at the hospital following the child's birth or at a later date through a Norfolk County Vital Records and Statistics location or a Brookline City Clerk's Office.

However, a parent may refuse to sign this form and prevent the opposite parent from establishing parentage or seeking parental rights or monthly child support services. In these cases, a parent will instead need to submit a petition to establish parentage with Norfolk Family Court where a judge will request DNA testing from the presumed father to accurately determine and establish paternity.

Undoing a Parentage Acknowledgment in Brookline, MA

In certain instances, two parents may establish parentage without the use of DNA testing and discover later on that the legal father is actually not the biological father. In the state of Massachusetts, a parent can undo a parentage acknowledgment by filing a complaint in Probate and Family Court within 60 days of its filing. If the 60-day mark has passed, you may need to seek legal assistance to have the agreement removed.

Last updated 4/12/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Brookline That We Serve

Brookline High
Buttonwood Village
Coolidge Corner Southside
Cottage Farm
Corey Hill
Fisher Hill
Griggs Park
North Brookline
South Brookline

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