DNA Test - Rocky Mount, NC

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Rocky Mount, North Carolina at 3 testing laboratories. Call (252) 210-4413 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 - Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Rocky Mount NC DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Rocky Mount, North Carolina 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 Rocky Mount 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 Rocky Mount NC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Rocky Mount 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 Rocky Mount, plus many more locations throughout North Carolina and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Rocky Mount. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Rocky Mount , NC 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 Rocky Mount, the state of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Rocky Mount 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 Rocky Mount. 

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Why Parents Must Establish Paternity in Rocky Mount, NC

Under North Carolina paternity law, without the presence of a legal marriage, the state cannot automatically grant paternal rights to two Rocky Mount individuals following the birth of their child. To do so, both parents will need to establish paternity to allow for the father's name to be included on the birth certificate and for him to obtain parental rights along with the mother.

If two unmarried Rocky Mount parents fail to promptly establish paternity after childbirth, the mother will not be able to seek monthly child support payments as the child does not have a legally declared father. Vice versa, a Rocky Mount father who has yet to establish paternity will not be able to seek custody or visitation in court unless he gains legal rights through the establishment process.

How to Establish Paternity in Rocky Mount, NC

Considering just how important it is for unmarried Rocky Mount parents to establish paternity, the North Carolina Office of Vital Statistics makes it easy for parents to establish paternity following the birth of a child. In fact, an Affidavit of Paternity is typically provided by hospital staff to allow Rocky Mount parents to establish paternity shortly after a child's birth and is then submitted to the Office of Vital Statistics to streamline the establishment process.

If the parents are unable to establish paternity at the hospital, the process can also be completed at a later date through a Nash or Edgecombe County Health Department, Clerk of Court, or Department of Social Services office location. In cases where a parent is uncertain of a child's paternity, it's crucial that DNA testing is first used to identify the biological father before establishing paternity to avoid potential legal complications.

Paternity Laws and Regulations in Rocky Mount, NC

Unfortunately, a parent may learn after having already established paternity that the assumed father is not the biological father. Luckily, state law allows for a parent to disestablish paternity under specific circumstances to remove parental obligations. According to North Carolina Statute §-110-132, a Rocky Mount parent can request the courts to remove a paternity judgment within 60 days of its filing. Following the 60 mark, Nash or Edgecombe County will only remove agreements off the basis of excusable neglect, material mistake, fraud, or duress, as well as DNA testing.

Last updated 11/6/2023

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:

Citations

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"NC Vital Records: Paternity Establishment." NC Office of Vital Records, https://vitalrecords.nc.gov/paternity.htm
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"Affidavit of Parentage for Child Born Out of Wedlock." North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, https://vitalrecords.nc.gov/documents/AOP-Form-Instructions-Web-v2.pdf
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"110-132. Affidavit of parentage and agreement to motion to set aside affidavit of parentage." North Carolina Legislature, https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_110/GS_110-132.pdf
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"Rocky Mount, NC Real Estate Subdivision Directory." Margaret Rudd Realtors, https://www.margaretrudd.com/rocky-mount-north-carolina-subdivisions.html