DNA Test - Portage, IN

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Portage, Indiana at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (219) 215-5187 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.

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DNA Test - Portage, Indiana

Portage IN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Portage, Indiana 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 Portage 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 Portage IN

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

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 Portage as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Portage, Indiana - DNA Testing

How to Establish Paternity in Indiana

In the state of Indiana, when a child is born to parents who are unmarried, the man has no legal rights or responsibilities to the child until legal paternity has been established. According to experts at the Padove Law Firm, which serves clients in Portage and the surrounding area, this can be done in multiple ways:

  1. Both parents sign and file an Indiana Paternity Affidavit at the hospital within 72 hours of the child's birth or at the local health department at any time before the child is emancipated.
  2. An interested party files a petition with the courts, which usually requires a DNA paternity test.

Is it Really Necessary to Establish Paternity?

If a child's parents have a cordial relationship and are willing to co-parent, you may wonder whether establishing legal paternity is really worth the effort. In almost all cases, the answer is yes. Indiana paternity lawyers at the firm of Moseley & Martinez, which assists clients in Portage and the surrounding area, note that without legal paternity, a man may not be able to protect his rights and the child's mother may not be able to get financial support for the child. Once legal paternity has been established, the courts can issue rulings regarding child support, visitation, and custody.

What to Expect During a Paternity Lawsuit

If both parents are unable or unwilling to sign an Affidavit of Paternity, it may be necessary to petition the courts to establish paternity. Either parent can file a lawsuit in the county where the child, mother, or alleged father resides. In some cases, the County Child Support Office may also file a court action. Portage residents can file with the Porter County Courthouse.

Once the action has been filed, the court will set a hearing date. In some cases, the courts may require a DNA paternity test. Either parent or the Child Support Division can also request a DNA test prior to the judge's ruling.

Last updated 5/22/2023

Some Portage Neighborhoods That We Serve

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Cedar Creek
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Oaktree Village
Ogden Dunes
Portage North
Robinwood Estates
Squirrel Creek
Sterling Creek

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