DNA Test - Elizabeth, NJ

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Elizabeth, New Jersey at 2 testing laboratories. Call (908) 818-1070 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 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 - Elizabeth, New Jersey

Elizabeth NJ DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Elizabeth, New Jersey clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Elizabeth DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Elizabeth NJ

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Elizabeth 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Elizabeth, plus many more locations throughout New Jersey and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days 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 Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth that they need. 

Elizabeth, New Jersey - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Elizabeth, NJ

In New Jersey, a woman is automatically considered the legal mother when she gives birth to a child or if she adopts the child. For unmarried men, the process can be a little bit more complicated.

If the mother and father are unmarried, they have two options for establishing paternity in Elizabeth, NJ. They can sign a Certificate of Parentage and file it with the state Registrar right after the child is born at the hospital. This form may also be filed later on, and carries the same weight as a court-ordered judgment of paternity. This option is quicker and less complicated than the second option, but should only be done if the parents are in agreement about paternity.

The second option is establishing paternity through the court. Parents who are unsure or disagree about paternity can go to court, and the judge will establish paternity. Usually, the judge orders DNA testing, which will show whether the man is the biological father or not. If the DNA test results prove that he is the biological father of the child, then the judge can establish paternity.

Benefits of establishing paternity in Elizabeth, NJ

Establishing paternity holds a lot of benefits for both children and parents.

Some benefits can include:

Both parents have legal responsibilities and rights toward to child
Both parents have the opportunity to emotionally bond with their children
The child can access the medical history of both parents
The child can have benefits such as health insurance, Social Security, or Veterans Benefits, if applicable
The child can inherit from both parents
The child has better knowledge of their identity

Elizabeth, NJ: Challenging paternity

In Elizabeth, NJ, challenging paternity must happen before the child turns 23. Sometimes, the husband is a legal father, but another man thinks he is the biological father and wants to challenge paternity. In other cases, the mother may not be sure who the biological father is. The person who questions paternity must present convincing evidence.

The court often orders a DNA test to determine the likelihood of the man being the biological father. It is important to note that home DNA tests are usually not considered court-admissible evidence.

Last updated 10/3/2022

Neighborhoods in Elizabeth Served by our Clinics

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