DNA Test - Mankato, MN

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Mankato, Minnesota at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (507) 609-4065 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 Mankato 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 - Mankato, Minnesota

Mankato MN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Mankato, Minnesota 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:

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 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 Mankato DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Mankato MN

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Mankato 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 Mankato, plus many more locations throughout Minnesota 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 Mankato 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 Mankato that they need. 

Mankato, MN - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Mankato, MN

Under Minnesota law, the term "paternity" refers to the legal father of a child. When two Mankato parents are not married at the time of their child's birth, the state cannot declare a child's legal father until both parents have made the effort to establish paternity. The process of establishing paternity legally declares a child's biological father and provides him with his paternal rights.

The simplest way for two Mankato parents to establish paternity is by filing a Recognition of Parentage form with the Minnesota Department of Health. This process is entirely voluntary and will require both parents to agree upon the given paternity claim. In the event that there is any lack of certainty in the given paternity claim, both parents must first use DNA testing to determine the biological father to avoid any future legal concerns once paternity is formally established.

Assistance Establishing Paternity in Mankato, MN

In many instances of paternity establishment, a biological parent may refuse to establish paternity on the basis of general denial or lack of confidence in the given paternity claim. Failing to establish paternity will restrict the biological father from acquiring parental rights over his child as well as prohibit either parent from seeking monthly child support.

In these situations, one parent must request a paternity establishment through Blue Earth County District Court. Filing a petition to establish paternity through the court will typically require the use of judge-ordered DNA paternity testing to identify the biological father. If the biological father is identified, paternity can then be established, and a judge can also help construct custody agreements and child support orders.

Paternity Programs in Mankato, MN

The state of Minnesota developed the Fathers' Adoption Registry to protect the parental rights of Minnesota men who believe they have fathered a child but have yet to be able to establish paternity and gain rights. By registering with the program, the state will be required to notify the potential father of any legal adoption process filed involving the minor. If the courts allow, the father may have the ability to undergo DNA testing to help establish his parental rights and seek custody of the child.

Last updated 6/16/2023

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"Paternity." Minnesota Judicial Branch, https://www.mncourts.gov/help-topics/paternity.aspx
"Establishing parentage." Minnesota Department of Human Services, https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/child-support/programs-services/establishing-parentage.jsp
"Blue Earth County District Court." Minnesota Judicial Branch, https://www.mncourts.gov/Find-Courts/blueearth.aspx
"Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry." Minnesota Department of Health, https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/vitalrecords/registry/index.html
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