DNA Test - Orlando, FL
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Orlando, Florida at 4 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (407) 519-2581 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.
Types of DNA Tests at our Orlando FL 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:
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 Orlando DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Orlando FL
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Orlando 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 Orlando, plus many more locations throughout Florida and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.
DNA Test Reunites Half Brothers in Orlando
When police sergeant Dave Stull took an at-home DNA test, he never expected to find a sibling. After losing his mother and adoptive father to sicknesses, he became curious about his biological roots. He was shocked when the results not only showed that he had a half-brother, but that they were both Florida police officers.
Stull runs a tactical unit at an Orlando-area courthouse. When he first saw a photo of Eric Reynolds, an evidence expert with the Boynton Beach Police Force, he noticed a physical resemblance. He decided to reach out to Reynolds by text message. Although Reynolds initially thought it might have been a scam, he decided to reply. The two began exchanging text messages and then met at Stull's home. They've since gone on vacation together and are planning more trips in the future. After all, as Stull said, they have 50 years of lost time to make up for.
DNA Test Finds 3 Abandoned Infants Are Related
In 2016, 2017, and 2019, three infants were abandoned at the same apartment complex in Orlando. When the third baby was found, an Orlando police detective couldn't overlook the similarities. DNA tests were submitted for each of the children and the results concluded that they all had the same mother and father. Several other familial matches were found as well. However, the parents of the children have not yet been identified.
The children are being cared for, although, since the case is still under investigation, police are not releasing any information about their whereabouts. While it's not clear whether the parents will ultimately be prosecuted for abandoning the infants, according to police, their primary concern is confirming the safety of the mother and any other children she may have.
DNA Testing and Child Support
You may assume that a DNA test showing that you're not the biological father of a child would relieve you of your obligation to pay child support. However, according to Orlando attorney Sean Smallwood, P.A., this is not always the case. In fact, when cases are brought in front of Florida courts, it's often found that being present in a child's life is what makes a man a father, regardless of DNA test results.
In the case of Parker vs. Parker, a divorced father was ordered to pay $1,200 per month in child support. During court proceedings, he claimed that his wife had been unfaithful and he did not believe he was the biological father of the child. Despite DNA tests proving that he was right, Florida courts ordered that he was still obligated to continue making the payments.
The reasoning was that more than one year had passed since the divorce. According to the courts, continuing to act as a child's father and failing to request a DNA test in a timely manner constituted as an acknowledgment of paternity. This is just one of the many surprising outcomes that can occur when paternity and DNA testing come into play. It highlights the importance of retaining qualified legal representation when dealing with genetic testing issues.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Orlando, FL was in December of 2013.