DNA Test - Merrick, NY

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Merrick, New York at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (516) 217-9413 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 a 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 - Merrick, New York

Merrick NY DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Merrick, New York 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 Merrick DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Merrick NY

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Merrick 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 Merrick, plus many more locations throughout New York 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 Merrick 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 Merrick that they need. 

DNA Testing in Merrick, NY

Experts Say...

The Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel, who serves Merrick, NY and Nassau County, explains the process of establishing paternity and DNA testing. "Paternity involves the issue of the identity of the father of a child. It is obvious who the mother is because she gives birth. If a man is found to be the father of a child he has an obligation to pay child support until the child is 21 years of age in New York." Schlissel explains that parents may establish paternity voluntarily by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity. He says that if the parents will not voluntarily establish paternity, a court proceeding can be brought by either parent to determine paternity. "Today, highly accurate DNA testing is utilized for the purpose of establishing paternity...DNA testing is a highly accurate means of determining who is and who is not the father of a child."

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Merrick, NY

Two parents who are not married when their child is born need to establish paternity for their child to have a legal father. In Merrick, NY, there are two ways to establish paternity — by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity or by going to court. Parents can establish paternity when the baby is born at the hospital, up until the child reaches age 21. The Acknowledgement of Paternity form is voluntary and should not be signed if either parent questions who the biological father is. In this case, DNA testing should be used to prove paternity. DNA testing does not establish paternity. When a father proves he's the biological father through DNA testing, paternity will still need to be established. Once paternity is established, the father may have his name added to the child's birth certificate and he may also obtain parenting rights and responsibilities.

Some Merrick Neighborhoods That We Serve

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Berfond Gardens
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Briar Cliff Park
Bunker Estates
Chapin Rhode Park
Manor Grove
Sesame Estates
Oak Park
Windwood Manor

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"New York Paternity Lawyer." The Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel, https://www.fathersrightsinny.com/paternity/
"Establishing Paternity." New York Department of Social Services, https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/child_support/EstablishPaternity_W549E.pdf
"Merrick, NY Neighborhoods, Subdivisions, and Developments." Re/Max, https://www.remax.com/communities/ny/liny/realestatehomesforsale/subdivisions-merrick-ny