DNA Test - Columbus, IN

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Columbus, Indiana at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (812) 954-1218 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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DNA Test - Columbus, Indiana

Columbus IN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Columbus, Indiana 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 Columbus 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 Columbus IN

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Columbus 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 Columbus, plus many more locations throughout Indiana and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Columbus. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Columbus , IN 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 Columbus 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 Columbus that they need. 

Columbus, IN - DNA Testing

Why is it Important to Establish Paternity in Columbus, IN?

Under Indiana law, when two Columbus parents are married at the time of their child's birth, the state automatically grants parental rights to the husband under the assumption he is the biological father. However, if two Columbus parents are not married, both will need to establish paternity to legally declare the child's father and for the man's name to be placed on the child's birth certificate.

Without the legal establishment of paternity in Indiana, a Columbus child will technically have no legal father, meaning the mother will not be able to seek monthly child support assistance. Likewise, the child will be restricted in the parental benefits they can claim from their biological father, including health insurance coverage, inheritance rights, and social security benefits.

Methods of Establishing Paternity in Columbus, IN

There are two methods Columbus parents can use to legally establish paternity in Indiana. If DNA testing has been used to identify the biological father or if there is full confidence in the child's paternity, the simplest route is to file a Paternity Affidavit. This form is presented for completion after a child's birth but can also be filed later through a Bartholomew County Child Support office.

When a parent denies the paternity of a child and refuses to establish paternity in Columbus, it can only be established via court order. Through Bartholomew County Court, Columbus parents seeking a paternity establishment will need to file a petition to request DNA paternity testing. If the county court can identify the biological father through testing, paternity can then be legally established, allowing the parent to also move forward with child support agreements.

Paternity Programs in Columbus, IN

To protect the rights of Columbus men who have potentially fathered a child, the state of Indiana created the Putative Father Registry. This program was introduced to safeguard the rights of potential fathers in the event of an adoption. By registering with the Putative Father Registry, a Columbus man will receive notice of any legal action taken to adopt his potential child, where he can then oppose the adoption. If adoption is opposed, the man will then need to move quickly to establish paternity using DNA testing and request custody in Bartholomew County Court.

Last updated 12/06/2023

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