DNA Test – Columbia, MO
Health Street provides DNA testing in Columbia, Missouri at 4 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (573) 303-3001 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.
Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.
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DNA Test – Columbia, Missouri
Types of DNA Tests at our Columbia, Missouri 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 Columbia 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 Columbia MO
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Columbia 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 Columbia, plus many more locations throughout Missouri and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Columbia. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Columbia , MO 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
More than a Decade of Experience
Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Columbia, the state of Columbia, Missouri, and throughout the nation. The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Columbia, MO was in 2017.
Commitment to Excellence
Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Columbia.
DNA Testing for Columbia MO
Establishing Paternity in Columbia, MO
When a married Columbia couple has a child, Missouri state law presumes the husband is the biological father and legal paternity is automatically established at birth. For two unmarried Columbia parents who have a child, the paternity process is not automatic. Several essential steps are required to provide the presumed father with his legal paternal rights.
To establish paternity in Columbia, both parents will be presented with the opportunity to complete an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity at the hospital following the birth of a child. If both parents are unable to complete the affidavit at the hospital, they may complete one at a later date through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, or a Boone County Family Support Division Office. When this legal document is notarized and filed, the father will become the child’s legal father and his name will be placed on the birth certificate.
Determining Paternity in Columbia, MO
By signing an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity, a legal bond is created between a child and the presumed father. If circumstances arise and there is uncertainty on who a child’s father is, it’s highly recommended to hold off on filing an affidavit and seek DNA paternity testing instead.
If the father does not agree to submit to testing, a mother should file a paternity motion through Boone County Family Court. Doing so will provide a judge with the ability to request court-ordered DNA testing of the presumed father and child to effectively determine paternity. If DNA test results conclude that the presumed father is the biological father, the legal establishment of paternity will be completed.
Experts in Columbia, MO Say…
Some may question if they actually need to establish paternity over a child if the presumed father isn’t in a child’s life. According to Columbia Family Law Lawyer Tana Benner, once paternity is established, the father can then be ordered to pay child support. Not properly establishing paternity will halt a mother from requesting child support payments and additional resources, as there is no legal declaration of the child’s biological father.