DNA Test - North Chelmsford, MA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (978) 233-3941 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 North Chelmsford 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 - North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

North Chelmsford MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our North Chelmsford, 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 North Chelmsford 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 North Chelmsford MA

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

North Chelmsford MA DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Establishing legal paternity in Massachusetts is a relatively simple process. According to attorney Rosanne Klovee, who provides services in North Chelmsford, Middlesex County and the surrounding area, when a child's parents are married at the time of birth, the mother's husband is automatically the child's legal father. His name will go on the child's birth certificate and no further action is needed.

If a child is born "out of wedlock," the parents must establish paternity. This can either be done by signing a "Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage," or through a court order.

Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage

Signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage (VAP) is the simplest way to establish paternity, Parents can sign a VAP at the hospital when the child is born, with the State Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, or in the office of the city or town clerk in the community where the child was born. The Town Clerk's office for North Chelmsford is located at 50 Billerica Road Chelmsford, MA 01824.

It's important to never sign a VAP if you're not certain of the identity of the child's father. It's critical to get a DNA paternity test before signing anything related to paternity. After 60 days have passed, the VAP form is as binding as a court judgment of paternity. Before the 60 days have passed, either party can rescind the acknowledgment by filing a case in Probate and Family Court.

A Parent's Legal Responsibilities

Once paternity is established, the child's legal father has certain responsibilities under state law. According to family law attorneys at Chelmsford legal firm Novick & Meyers, a child's legal parents must provide "basic necessities" including food, clothing, and shelter. This legal obligation typically continues until a child graduates from high school, enters the military, is married, or is emancipated. If the child is unable to support themselves, this obligation may extend further.

Neighborhoods in North Chelmsford Served by our Clinics

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Dunstable Rd
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Groton Rd
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Princeton St
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North Rd
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Jordan St
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Drexel Dr

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:

Citations

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"Paternity Laws in Massachusetts." Law Office of Rosanne Klovee, LLC, https://kloveelaw.com/services/paternity/
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"Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage." Plymouth County Probate, https://www.plymouthcountyprobate.com/FormMAX/PDF/Paternity/Voluntary%20Acknowledgment%20of%20Parentage.pdf
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Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, https://www.mass.gov/orgs/registry-of-vital-records-and-statistics
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Town Clerk, Town of Chelmsford Massachusetts, https://www.townofchelmsford.us/235/Town-Clerk
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"Establishing Paternity Voluntarily."
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MassLegalHelp, July 2013, https://www.masslegalhelp.org/children-and-families/acknowledging-paternity
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"Massachusetts Family Law Questions." Novick & Meyers Law, https://novickandmeyerslaw.com/faqs-family-law/#FAQQuestions6
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"Overview of North Chelmsford, Lowell, Massachusetts." Statistical Atlas, https://statisticalatlas.com/neighborhood/Massachusetts/Lowell/North-Chelmsford/Overview