DNA Test – Roanoke, VA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Roanoke, Virginia at 4 testing laboratories. Call (540) 283-9942 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 – Roanoke, Virginia
Types of DNA Tests at our Roanoke, Virginia 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 Roanoke DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Roanoke VA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Roanoke 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 Roanoke, plus many more locations throughout Virginia 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. The first DNA test we performed in Roanoke, VA was in 2018.
Dedicated to Excellence
We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Roanoke.
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Establishing paternity in Roanoke, VA
When parents are unwed in Virginia, they have several options for establishing paternity. Two common options include signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) or filing a petition with the court.
Signing the AOP form is usually done at the hospital when the mother gives birth to the child. However, it should only be signed if parents are sure about paternity. Sometimes, that is not the case, and parents go to court to resolve the conflict. In Roanoke, Virginia, the judge will likely ask the alleged father and the child to take a DNA test to determine their relationship. When the court receives the DNA results, the judge can consider the biological relationship while establishing paternity. It is important to note that every paternity case is unique, and the judge’s decision may not be based only on the DNA test results.
Some parents choose to take at-home DNA tests for peace of mind. While Health Street’s at-home DNA testing is just as reliable as professional clinic DNA testing, it is important to note that at-home DNA test results are not usually admissible in a court of law.
Roanoke, Virginia: Benefits of establishing paternity
When Roanoke parents legally establish paternity, the father can gain rights and responsibilities toward the child. Only after the child has a legal father can the court proceed to determine custody, visitation hours, or child support. Both parents can usually participate in decisions regarding their child’s health, education, and religious upbringing. If either parent decides to give the child up for adoption, they must consult with the other parent first.
The child can also benefit from paternity establishment. Besides knowing both parents and being able to build a relationship with both of them, the child can also:
Last updated 12/6/2022