DNA Test - Newton Centre, MA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Newton Centre, Massachusetts at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (857) 336-0242 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 Newton Centre 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 - Newton Centre, Massachusetts

Newton Center MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Newton Centre, Massachusetts 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 Newton Centre 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 Newton Centre MA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Newton Centre 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 Newton Centre, plus many more locations throughout Massachusetts and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Newton Centre. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Newton Centre , MA 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 Newton Center 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 Newton Center that they need. 

Newton, Massachusetts - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Newton, MA

If Newton parents are married when their child is born, the husband is automatically considered the legal father. Unmarried parents from Newton, however, can establish paternity in two ways. If they agree about paternity and have no doubts about the biological father, they can sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP). The VAP can be signed at the hospital after the child is born or later. If they sign the document at the hospital, the staff can usually help them file it with the Registry of Vital Records. After this process is completed, the birth father becomes the legal father.

Another option for establishing paternity is through the court when the judge issues an order of paternity. This option often involves DNA testing. The alleged father and the child will usually do genetic testing to prove their relationship. If the tests return positive, the judge may use this evidence to establish paternity and custody, child support, and visitation hours. However, it is important to remember that the judge can consider many other factors in determining paternity.

Newton, Massachusetts: Benefits of establishing paternity

There are many reasons parents in Newton should establish paternity. The child can gain multiple benefits once the father's name is officially added to the birth certificate. Some of the benefits can include:

A better sense of identity and a chance to build an emotional bond with both parents
Financial support from both parents
Getting access to family medical history can be helpful when learning more about possible genetic diseases
The child can get health and life insurance coverage
Social Security, veterans, and disability benefits, if applicable
The child can inherit from both parents

The father can also gain rights and responsibilities when legal paternity is established. He can participate in important decisions about the child's health, education, or religious upbringing. He can also receive custody or visitation hours to ensure he has the ability to be present in the child's life. Before legal paternity has been established, the father has no legal rights to see his child.

Experts in Newton Centre, MA Say …

Although there may be confidence in paternity, an unmarried Newton Centre mother may avoid establishing paternity by not agreeing to sign a paternity acknowledgment. Without this paternity acknowledgment, the father holds no legal rights over his child and cannot request custody or visitation.

According to Newton Centre Family Law Attorney Tyler Summers, a presumed father will need to file a paternity action in Probate and Family Court. Here, the court will assist the man in establishing paternity using DNA testing to confirm his claim. Once established, he can further request visitation and custody over his child.

Last updated 12/29/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Newton Center That We Serve

Newton Centre
West Newton
Chestnut Hill
Newton Highlands
Newton Corner
Hunnewell Hill
Oak Hill Park

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"Paternity: Unmarried Parents." Summers Divorce and Family Law, https://www.summersfamlaw.com/children