DNA Testing in Kirkland, WA
At Health Street’s Kirkland, WA testing centers, you can get DNA testing or paternity testing for yourself or another person. We have 4 conveniently located clinic locations in town. Register for DNA testing, select a clinic, and schedule online. DNA paternity testing and other DNA tests, such as testing for siblings, aunts, uncles, or grandparents, are done at our centers in Kirkland.
Appointments can be scheduled together or separately, and tests are performed with a quick cheek swab at our testing centers. Test results can be used for legal matters such as child support or to change a birth certificate, or for a simple peace of mind. Call (425) 426-3835 or just sign up on the website. We’ll text and email a barcode so you or the person you are testing can come right in. Doctor-signed, accurate results are reported quickly and securely online.
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DNA Test – Kirkland, Washington
Paternity Testing in Kirkland, Washington
There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Kirkland testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street’s 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.
Other DNA Tests
Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:
DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family’s DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.
Specimens we can test for DNA
The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.
Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We’ll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.
Legal DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests
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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Kirkland test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.
The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:
Home tests offer more flexibility:
Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.
In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:
How to schedule a DNA Test in Kirkland WA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Kirkland clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Kirkland, plus many more throughout Washington and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that’s most convenient. You’ll pick the times and days that you prefer.
You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You’ll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.
How long it takes to get results of a DNA test
Paternity tests conducted at one of our Kirkland facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.
The DNA test appointment – what to expect and what to bring
The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you’re being tested at our Kirkland clinic, you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We’ll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.
For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.
Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?
If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child’s behalf.
DNA testing if one party is not in Kirkland
The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across Washington as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Kirkland and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.
Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Kirkland or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.
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Establishing Paternity in Kirkland, WA
Establishing paternity in Kirkland, WA is relatively straightforward. If both the mother and the father are married at the time of a child’s birth, paternity is automatically established, and no further action is required. However, if two parents are not married at the time of birth, both will need to take the necessary steps to establish paternity.
In Kirkland, paternity can be established judicially through a court order, or administratively through the filing of a paternity acknowledgment. A paternity acknowledgment can be completed at the time of the child’s birth or through the King County Family Support Division following birth. By establishing paternity, individuals create a legal relationship between the child and both parents.
The King County Family Support Division provides various forms of assistance to help local parents achieve necessary paternity establishment. These actions will aid in a parent’s ability to seek child support, health insurance for the child, and custodial rights.
How to Request a Parenting Plan in Kirkland, WA
The King County Superior Court Family Law Information Center has created guidelines that must be followed in order for one parent to request a parenting plan and child support services. These services are meant for parents who are unmarried and don’t have any pre-existing custody or parenting court orders.
Multiple forms listed within this plan must be completed and properly submitted before a parent can file a parenting plan request with the King County family court. Once the first parent files, the alleged co-parent will then be served the required documents to represent themselves in court. Additionally, both parents will need to attend a “What About the Children” seminar before an agreement can be reached.
After completing all the required steps outlined by the Family Law Information Center, both parents will be provided a court date. Here both parties can work to reach a final agreement in regards to a parenting plan.
In the event a paternity acknowledgement is filed outside of Washington and either parent now lives in Kirkland, specific steps can be taken in order to file a Petition for a Parenting Plan and gain support rights in the state of Washington. First, the party must be sure that Washington has the proper jurisdiction to enter a custody order. Jurisdiction is allowed when a child has lived in Washington with a parent for at least six months prior to the court case filing.
Second, the party must provide proof to Washington court that the paternity acknowledgment was legally established in the state it was originally filed in. This can be done by contacting the state’s child support or family law division. With these details, the party may present their case in Washington family court to request any necessary child support or custodial actions.