DNA Test – Chester, MD
Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Chester, Maryland at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (410) 267-4696 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 Chester 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 – Chester, Maryland
Types of DNA Tests at our Chester, Maryland 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:
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 Chester 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 Chester MD
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Chester 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 Chester, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Chester. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Chester , MD 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
A Decade Plus of Experience
Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Chester, MD was in 2017.
Dedicated to Excellence
We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Chester.
Local DNA Testing for Chester, MD
Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Chester, MD
Unmarried parents must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. In Chester, MD, if either parent will not sign a voluntary Affidavit of Parentage, DNA testing may be the next step for the alleged father to confirm parentage. In the state of Maryland, paternity is determined when there is a 97.3 percent probability that the man is the father. Once DNA testing is used to prove paternity, paternity must still be established, and the next step will be a court hearing. If a parent refuses DNA testing, there will be a court hearing.
To avoid going to court, two unmarried parents may voluntarily sign an Affidavit of Parentage at the time of the child’s birth or shortly after. The father has the right to request DNA testing before signing the form. Once the form is signed by both parents, the father’s name will be added to the birth certificate.
Rodier Family Law of Maryland explains why establishing paternity is important by saying, “…to bring financial and emotional benefits to all members of the family. If two individuals are not married, the father may have obligations to support the child financially, bringing relief to the mother once paternity is established.” Establishing paternity aids in custody and visitation orders for the father. The law firm describes benefits for children when they have a legal father. “…Establishing paternity can give your child access to medical records from both sides of the family if needed, and bring long-term benefits such as social security, medical benefits, and monetary inheritance.” Establishing paternity also allows for stronger relationships between fathers and children, as well as communication and decision-making between family members so they can look out for the child’s best interest.