DNA Test - Lavale, MD

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Lavale, Maryland at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (240) 348-8221 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 - Lavale, Maryland

Lavale MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Lavale, Maryland 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 Lavale 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 Lavale MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Lavale 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 Lavale, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Lavale. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Lavale , MD 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Lavale 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 Lavale that they need. 

Lavale, MD - DNA Testing

Experts Say...

Cynthia H. Clark & Associates are family law attorneys that explain Maryland's Uniform Parentage Act. "Maryland is one of 11 states that have adopted the Uniform Parentage Act, which modernizes the law for determining the parents of children," the law firm explains. "An important feature of this law is that it shuns the term 'illegitimate and instead uses the phrase, 'child with no presumed father.' The UPA and a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions have invalidated laws that put children born out-of-wedlock at a disadvantage."

The law firm explains the importance of establishing parentage for the mother, father, and child. Establishing paternity gives the child a sense of identity by developing relationships with both parents. It also avoids the need to go to court, allows the father to have his name listed on the birth certificate, gives the father custody and visitation rights, allows the child to receive financial assistance and certain benefits, and gives the child access to medical records from both sides of the family.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in LaVale, MD

If two unmarried parents have a child in LaVale, MD, paternity must be established for the child to have a legal father. If it's unknown who the father is, DNA testing can be requested by the alleged father or the mother to determine paternity. If the DNA test shows at least a 99 percent probability that a man is the child's father, the parents can enter a consent order to establish paternity.

If DNA testing proves the alleged father is the biological father, or if both parents agree on who the father is, paternity can be established voluntarily without going to court. The parents can sign an Affidavit of Parentage, which is a legal form stating the child's father.

In LaVale, MD, paternity can also be established through a court order. If the court orders DNA testing and paternity cannot be determined through DNA testing alone, a judicial proceeding will be ordered to make the decision of paternity.

Neighborhoods Served in Lavale

Summit Chase Dr
Fourth St
National Hwy
Tucky Ln
Eleanor St

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Establishing Paternity in Maryland for a Child Born Out of Wedlock." Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, https://www.clarkdivorcelaw.com/establishing-paternity-in-maryland-for-a-child-born-out-of-wedlock/
"2017 Parentage Act." Uniform Law Commission, https://www.uniformlaws.org/committees/community-home?CommunityKey=c4f37d2d-4d20-4be0-8256-22dd73af068f
"Paternity Establishment." Maryland Department of Human Services, https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-support-services/apply-for-support-services/establish-paternity/
"State of Maryland Affidavit of Parentage." Maryland Department of Health, https://health.maryland.gov/vsa/Documents/AOP_Form_20210129.pdf
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