DNA Test – Huntingtown, MD
Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Huntingtown, Maryland at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (410) 267-4706 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.
Schedule your Huntingtown DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.
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DNA Test – Huntingtown, Maryland
Types of DNA Tests at our Huntingtown, Maryland 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:
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 Huntingtown DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Huntingtown MD
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Huntingtown 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 Huntingtown, plus many more locations throughout Maryland 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 Huntingtown 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 Huntingtown that they need.
DNA Testing in Huntingtown
Importance of Establishing Paternity in Huntingtown, MD
When a child is born to a married Huntingtown couple, the father will automatically gain legal rights over the child as Maryland law presumes the husband is the child’s biological father. When an unmarried father has a child, he and the child’s mother will need to legally establish paternity for him to acquire parental rights and have his name placed on the birth certificate.
Likewise, by establishing legal paternity, the process opens the opportunity for the child to acquire benefits such as social security, inheritance, and health insurance from both sides. If a parent also requires the assistance of monthly child support, the state will require proof of the legal establishment of paternity to move forward with the application process.
How to Establish Paternity in Huntingtown, MD
In the state of Maryland, there are two ways parents can legally establish paternity. The first and simplest way is by completing an Affidavit of Parentage. This legally binding document is completely voluntary and can be filed through the hospital following the birth or at a later date through a Calvert County Department of Health or Vital Statistics Office.
Two parents should only move forward with this process if there is zero doubt in the child’s actual paternity. If there is any doubt in paternity, both must seek DNA paternity testing. In certain instances when a parent refuses to establish legal paternity, the second way to do so is by court order.
Either mother or presumed father can file a paternity petition with Calvert County Family Court to initiate the paternity process. This typically requires the parents to undergo DNA paternity testing to accurately determine if the paternity claim is correct. If results correctly identify the child’s father, then paternity can be established.
Disestablishing Paternity in Huntingtown, MD
For instances when a Huntingtown couple moves forward without the certainty of DNA paternity testing, the state of Maryland does allow for the disestablishment of paternity under certain circumstances. If the discovery of incorrect paternity is made within 60 days, a parent can file a petition to revoke an Affidavit of Paternity and have any child support obligations removed.
If the 60-day time frame passes, Calvert County Court will request proof of material mistake, duress, or fraud when seeking to cancel a paternity affidavit. DNA testing is typically used to prove an Affidavit of Paternity is invalid.