DNA Test – McAllen, TX
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in McAllen, Texas at 7 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (956) 467-0732 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 – McAllen, Texas
Types of DNA Tests at our McAllen, Texas 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 McAllen DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in McAllen TX
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our McAllen 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 McAllen, plus many more locations throughout Texas 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
A Decade Plus of Experience
Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in McAllen, TX was in 2019.
Commitment to Community
Health Street has long served the residents of McAllen, Texas. We are known in the area for being sensitive to the often difficult emotions surrounding DNA tests and legal paternity testing.
Of course, we have staff in our call center and McAllen clinic that speak Spanish.
Por supuesto, tenemos personal en nuestro centro de llamadas y en la clínica de McAllen que hablan español. Hablamos tu idioma!
Facts about DNA Testing in McAllen TX
Many Bi-National Children Grow Up in McAllen
Many residents of McAllen grow up with family on both sides of the border. Being bilingual is common, and many residents meet, date, and marry people who have a different nationality, but work in the same area, shop in the same stores, and go to the same churches and other houses of worship.
When children are born to parents who are undocumented, or from two different sides of the border, it can make issues of paternity and child support complex. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid was established in 1970, and they’ve recently formed a working group to deal with bi-national family issues, including family violence. They can also offer representation and assistance in enforcing court orders in Mexico, and other bi-national custody issues.
Navigating the Complexities of International Co-Parenting
In Texas, paternity is typically established by either legal presumption (when the parents are married), by filing an Acknowledgement of Paternity form, or through a court order. This may seem simple, but in Texas, issues like the mother being married to another man within 300 days of the baby’s birth can complicate otherwise straightforward questions about parentage.
Even without dealing with border issues, co-parenting can be complex. That’s why many families in McAllen choose to either voluntarily undergo genetic testing or file a motion for a judge to order genetic testing of the child and potential father. Local McAllen lawyer and binational law expert Robert C. Sheline suggests that “one should err on the side of caution and require DNA paternity testing,” as there are many different factors that could be influenced by this decision, including the paternity of and child support for other children.
McAllen, Texas- A Modern Border Town
McAllen, Texas is a thriving desert city that shares a close financial and cultural relationship with Mexico. More than 143,000 individuals call this city home.
Located along the Rio Grande and just across the border from Reynosa, Mexico, the region that encompasses these two cities is considered a binational area. Many residents from both cities cross the border on a daily basis and have close relationships that thrive despite border restrictions.