DNA Test - Quincy, MA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Quincy, Massachusetts at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (617) 863-9122 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 - Quincy, Massachusetts

Quincy MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Quincy, 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:

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 Quincy 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 Quincy MA

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Quincy, the state of Quincy, Massachusetts, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Quincy to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Quincy. 

Quincy, Massachusetts - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Quincy, MA

Unmarried parents in Quincy must establish paternity for the biological father to become the child's legal father. Establishing paternity gives the father rights to custody and visitation, provides financial assistance for the mother, and allows both parents to establish relationships with the child. The child benefits from established paternity in multiple ways. Not only does having a legal father give the child a sense of identity, but it also allows the child to receive financial support, medical insurance, inheritance from either parent, and other benefits, like social security and veteran's benefits.

The easiest way to establish paternity is by signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage, which can be signed at the hospital when the child is born. Both parents must agree to sign the form. If two parents cannot establish paternity voluntarily, they can go to court, and the judge will determine paternity.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Quincy, MA

When establishing paternity, some instances require DNA testing. If two parents wish to establish paternity voluntarily but have doubts about paternity, either parent may request DNA testing to determine paternity before signing the voluntary form. DNA testing is also ordered by the court in paternity cases and may be required before a judge can determine that a man is the father. Sometimes, a third party is involved, claiming he's the child's father. These cases may also require DNA testing to prove paternity. DNA testing involves taking DNA samples, usually cheek swabs, from the alleged father, child, and sometimes the mother.

Experts Say...

James H. Davis III, a paternity attorney in Quincy, MA, explains why establishing paternity is important. "It is not uncommon for couples in Massachusetts to have children before marriage. Sometimes it might happen accidentally, and sometimes it might be planned," he says. "Whatever the case may be, it is critical to establish paternity, as it not only gives the child an identity but also establishes the father's rights as well as responsibilities towards the child."

Last updated 12/16/2022

Some Quincy Neighborhoods That We Serve

Brower Rd
Furnace Brook
Hall Street/Quarry Road
Highpoint Cir
Marina Bay
North Quincy
Quarry Hills
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