DNA & Paternity Testing – Lakewood, CO
Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Lakewood, Colorado at 4 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (720) 943-5259 or schedule online. 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 Lakewood 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 – Lakewood, Colorado
Types of DNA Tests at our Lakewood, Colorado 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 Lakewood DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Lakewood CO
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Lakewood 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 Lakewood, plus many more locations throughout Colorado 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
More than a Decade of Experience
Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Lakewood, the state of Lakewood, Colorado, and throughout the nation. Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Lakewood 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 Lakewood.
DNA Testing Information for Lakewood CO
Establishing Paternity in Lakewood, CO
When two Lakewood, CO parents are married at the time of a child’s birth, the husband is automatically granted legal paternity as Colorado law assumes he is the biological father. When a child is born to two unmarried parents, both must legally establish paternity themselves. Following the birth of a child, both parents are provided the opportunity to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity at the hospital. In situations where the father is not present and unable to sign the acknowledgement following the child’s birth, the form can be later completed through a Colorado Child Support Services office.
If either party doesn’t agree to sign an acknowledgment, a paternity case will need to be filed through a Jefferson County Court. After following the required steps to establish a paternity case in court, a judge will most likely order DNA testing from both the child and the presumed father. If testing shows the presumed father is indeed the biological father, further steps can then be taken to request child support services.
Laws and Acts Relating to Paternity in Lakewood, CO
Prior to 2008, if a paternity judgment was finalized in a Colorado court, Lakewood fathers would still be required to pay child support—even if he later discovered he was not the biological father. In efforts to provide men who have fallen victim to paternity fraud with relief, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 08-183. Under this new law, a presumed father with reasonable suspicion that he is not a child’s biological father can present his case in court. From here, a judge can request DNA testing to prove the man’s claims and dismiss any child support obligations placed upon him.
Experts in Lakewood, CO Say…
Certain paternity disputes can involve a mother who doesn’t allow the biological father to establish paternity over his child. If you believe that you are the biological father of a child, Lakewood Family Law Attorney James Pearson recommends you fight for your paternal rights and legally establish paternity by filing a paternity action in court. Following court-ordered DNA testing, legal paternity can then be granted to a biological father. This is especially important as legal paternity will be required to further fight for custodial rights and visitation.