DNA Test - Gainesville, VA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Gainesville, Virginia at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (703) 659-4252 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 - Gainesville, Virginia

Gainesville VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Gainesville, Virginia 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville VA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Gainesville 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 Gainesville, plus many more locations throughout Virginia and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Gainesville. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Gainesville , VA 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Gainesville as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Gainesville. 

Local DNA Testing for Gainesville, VA

Establishing Paternity in Gainesville, VA

Establishing paternity in the state of Virginia is a simple and easy process that offers great value towards a child's wellbeing. By establishing paternity, unmarried Gainesville, VA parents can legally signify a child's legal and biological father. With this legal bind, the child can then receive benefits from the father, such as health insurance. Likewise, if either parent requires monthly child support services, the legal establishment of paternity will allow either party to apply.

The easiest way for Gainesville, VA parents to legally establish paternity is by completing an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. This form is completely voluntary and must only be completed if both parents have zero doubts in their child's paternity. The acknowledgment can be completed at the hospital following a child's birth or through a Prince William County Child Support Services location.

Navigating a Difficult Paternity Establishment in Gainesville, VA

With the process of filing a paternity acknowledgment being completely voluntary, a Gainesville mother or father may encounter difficulties having the other parent agree to establish paternity. Without the establishment of paternity, the child's biological father will possess no legal rights over the child, and either parent will not be able to request child support services.

In the event that one parent refuses to establish paternity, the other must file a paternity petition with Prince William County Family Court. This process will typically require the mother, child, and presumed father to complete a DNA paternity test. These results will be used to accurately determine and legally establish paternity. Once the paternity establishment process is complete, the parents can then move forward with any child support or custody/visitation agreements.

Experts in Gainesville, VA Say…

Following the legal establishment of paternity, two Gainesville parents may need to establish a co-parenting agreement to provide the child healthy time with both parents. But as family dynamics shift throughout the years, both parents may need to revisit their agreement in court to have it modified. According to Gainesville Family Law Attorney Donald Daugherty, parents should revisit their parenting agreement approximately every three years. This will ensure that all needs of the child are effectively met and maintained, as well as provide a healthy relationship with both parents.

Neighborhoods in Gainesville Served by our Clinics

Crossroads Village
Gateway Oaks
Heritage Hunt
Lake Manassas
Tullamore Estates
Virginia Oaks
Woodridge Farms

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Paternity & Child Support Information" Prince William Juvenile Court Service Unit, https://www.pwcva.gov/department/juvenile-court-service-unit/paternity-child-support-information
"Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court" Virginia Judicial System, http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/jdr/prince_william/home.html
"Child Custody Basics in Virginia" The Daugherty Law Firm, https://www.daughertylawpc.com/family-law/child-custody/
"Browse Gainesville VA Neighborhoods" Brad Kirkendall Remax, https://www.novaelitehomes.com/prince-william-county-real-estate/gainesville-homes-for-sale/neighborhoods/