DNA Test - Decatur, GA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Decatur, Georgia at 5 testing laboratories. Call (678) 648-4969 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 - Decatur, Georgia

Decatur GA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Decatur, Georgia 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 Decatur 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 Decatur GA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Decatur 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 Decatur, plus many more locations throughout Georgia and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Decatur. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Decatur , GA 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 Decatur, the state of Decatur, Georgia, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Decatur to neighborhoods everywhere.

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 Decatur. 

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Local DNA Stories

In March 2021, an Atlanta bar owner was able to connect with a daughter he never knew, thanks to DNA testing. "I haven't really come out with it, but my life hugely changed in March of 2021, right in the middle of the pandemic," said 66-year-old Grant Henry. One day in Decatur, Dr. Merci Ortenzi Treaster was in her home when she received a message regarding a DNA test she had taken six years earlier to learn about her heritage. The message was from Mary Grace, Grant Henry's daughter. The DNA test showed that the two women were half-sisters. Treaster, who was 32 at the time, was born to a single mother who became pregnant by artificial insemination. Mary Grace's father was Treaster's sperm donor. The two half-sisters and their father met for the first time, thanks to their DNA tests. "I realized I never was missing a family," Treaster said. "I already have a brother, and I already have two parents. So, I may never need a dad or a sister, but here are these really cool people who are now a part of my life."

Experts Say...

Decatur law firm, Hopkins Law, LLC, explains why it's important for parents to establish paternity. "In Georgia, when a child is born outside of marriage, the mother has full and complete legal rights to and responsibilities for the child. However, without legal process, the mother has no legal way to enforce any specific amount of child support," says the law firm. "Without legal process, the father has no legal rights to the child at all, including visitation." The law firm explains that although the father has no child support obligations, he must still legally support the child. Failing to financially support the child is child abandonment and could lead to criminal prosecution.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Decatur, GA

Unmarried Decatur parents must legally establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. Parents can establish paternity voluntarily by signing a Paternity Acknowledgement form. If the parents cannot agree to establish paternity voluntarily, they'll go to court. When paternity is questioned, DNA testing is used to determine the child's biological father. Once paternity is established, the man is identified as the father, and he becomes legally obligated to support the child. However, if a Decatur man seeks parental rights, he must also file for legitimation.

Last updated 5/16/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Decatur That We Serve

Austin Meadows
Brookcrest Circle
Cobb Valley Farms
Diamond Head
East Lake Terrace
Forrest Hills
Glenshire Condominiums
Hidden Valley
Laurel Ridge
Midway Woods
North Village Townhomes
Pinetree/W Ponce/Scott Blvd
September Chase
Wilson Hudson Commons
Yorkshire At Dogwood Farm

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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