DNA Test - North Chesterfield, VA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in North Chesterfield, Virginia at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (804) 203-1528 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 - North Chesterfield, Virginia

North Chesterfield VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our North Chesterfield, Virginia 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 North Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield VA

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

North Chesterfield VA DNA Testing Info

Establishing Paternity in North Chesterfield, Virginia

In North Chesterfield and the entire state of Virginia, a child's biological father is not necessarily his or her legal father. According to attorneys at the Virginia-based DiPietro Law Group, there are several ways to establish legal paternity in Virginia. The easiest is to sign and file a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. However, this can only be done if both parents agree and there is no question about the true identity of the child's father.

If this isn't an option, one party will need to file a petition at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, located in Chesterfield. In this case, a judge will typically require a DNA test before making a ruling.

Regardless of how paternity is established, once a man is deemed the be the child's father, he will receive all the legal rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. This includes the requirement to pay child support and the ability to request visitation and/or custody.

Presumption of Paternity

Under Virginia law, if a North Chesterfield man and woman are married at the time a child is born or within 10 months prior, the man is automatically presumed to be the child's legal father. No further action is required to establish paternity. This "presumption of paternity" makes him legally obligated to provide financial support for the child, whether he remains married to the mother or not. However, if the man believes he is not the child's father, he can rebut this presumption. The easiest way to do this is by submitting a DNA test to the courts.

Putative Fathership Registry

If a man was not married to a child's mother within the 10 months prior to the birth and has not taken steps to establish paternity but believes he is the father of a child, he's known as a "putative father." In North Chesterfield, Virginia, a man can join a putative father registry. This will allow him to receive notification of any court proceedings related to the adoption of the child or termination of parental rights.

Neighborhoods In and Around North Chesterfield That We Serve

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Clay Pointe

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