DNA Test - Paterson, NJ

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Paterson, New Jersey at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (862) 212-0748 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 an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test - Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson NJ DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Paterson, New Jersey 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:

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 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 Paterson DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Paterson NJ

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Paterson 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 Paterson, plus many more locations throughout New Jersey and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days 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 Paterson as well as communities all across the nation.

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

Paterson, New Jersey - DNA Testing

How to Establish Paternity in Paterson, NJ

Through the New Jersey Paternity Opportunity Program, unmarried Paterson area parents who recently welcomed a child can easily establish paternity in the state of New Jersey. By establishing paternity, two Paterson parents are legally identifying their child's biological father and are granting him both paternal rights and the ability to have his name placed on the birth certificate.

The Paternity Opportunity Program establishes a simple process for granting a father legal rights, namely the completion of a Paternity Acknowledgement Form at the hospital following a child's birth. If paternity cannot be established at this time, the two parents may also establish paternity through a State Office of Vital Statistics Passaic County location.

Dealing With Paternity Uncertainty in Paterson, NJ

In certain instances, two Paterson parents may be quick to establish paternity without full confidence in their child's paternity. This misstep can induce legal complications at a later date if one parent discovers the previously-presumed paternity is incorrect — and if actions must be taken to remove any child support obligations and legal ties to the Paterson child.

If either parent has the slightest doubt about their child's paternity, it's important they first seek DNA testing services to accurately determine the child's biological father. When a parent refuses to undergo DNA paternity testing or establish legal paternity in the state of New Jersey, a legal petition can be filed through a Passaic County Family Court. This legal process grants the court the ability to mandate DNA testing is completed for paternity establishment purposes.

Disestablishing Paternity in Paterson, NJ

In certain unfortunate circumstances, a Paterson father may learn they are not a child's biological father years after the legal establishment of paternity. Regardless of DNA testing results, the previously presumed Paterson father will still hold child support obligations over the child until the paternity establishment is contested in court. When looking to disestablish a paternity agreement or dissolve legal obligations, the courts will consider various factors, including whether or not there was any doubt prior to the establishment.

Last updated 9/22/2022

Neighborhoods in Paterson Served by our Clinics

Carroll St
First Ward
Hospital Place-21st
Park Ave
Potomac Ave
Railway Ave
Sandy Ct
West Riverside

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Purpose of the New Jersey Paternity Opportunity Program." New Jersey Paternity Opportunity Program, https://www.nj-paternity.com/about
"Family Division." New Jersey Court, https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/family/familyvicinage.html?lang=eng
"New Jersey Paternity Law." Law Office of Robert J. Wittmann, https://rjwnjlaw.com/contesting-paternity