DNA Test - Middletown, RI

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Middletown, Rhode Island at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (401) 293-2695 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 Middletown 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 - Middletown, Rhode Island

Middletown RI DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Middletown, Rhode Island 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 Middletown 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 Middletown RI

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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Middletown as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Middletown. 

Middletown, RI DNA Testing

Why It's Important to Establish Paternity in Middletown, RI

When a Middletown child is born to two unmarried parents, only the mother will gain immediate parental rights and responsibilities at the time of birth. Without the presence of a legal marriage, the state of Rhode Island cannot automatically assume the child's legal father. To obtain legal rights over his child, an unmarried Middletown father will need to properly establish paternity in the state.

By establishing paternity, both parents take legal action to agree on the identity of the child's biological father and to grant that man parental rights. This process is highly beneficial for the well-being of a child, as it designates two legal parents from whom they can collect a variety of benefits, including social security, military benefits, and health insurance coverage. Paternity must also be established if either parent wishes to request monthly child support payments.

Methods of Establishing Paternity in Middletown, RI

In the state of Rhode Island, Middletown parents can establish paternity in one of two ways. The simplest method is to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage at the hospital following the birth of a child or later on through a Center for Vital Records office location. The establishment process is completely voluntary, and both parents must agree upon the given paternity claim before moving forward.

For establishment cases where a parent refuses to establish paternity and will not sign this form, the parent seeking the establishment must file a petition to establish paternity through Newport County Family Court. This secondary process allows a judge to mandate that the opposing parent moves forward with the establishment steps, which will likely include the use of DNA paternity testing to accurately identify the biological father.

Why DNA Paternity Testing is So Important in Middletown, RI

When parents sign and submit a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage, they create a legal bond and obligation to a Middletown child. Because of this, it's extremely important to gain full confidence in a child's paternity before moving forward. Failing to accurately identify the father through DNA testing could result in a Middletown man being held responsible for child support obligations, even if he learns later on that he's not the biological father. To remove these obligations, parents must go through a lengthy court process to dismiss the previous establishment.

Last Updated 10/13/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Middletown That We Serve

Green End Ave
Harbor Village
Landings Apartment Community
Mitchell Lane
Newport Southeast
Newport West
Oliphant Ln
Town Center
Valley Rd
W Main Rd

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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