DNA Test - Santa Monica, CA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Santa Monica, California at 2 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (424) 522-1141 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 your Santa Monica DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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DNA Test - Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica CA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Santa Monica, California 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica CA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica, plus many more locations throughout California and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Santa Monica. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Santa Monica , CA 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 Santa Monica, the state of Santa Monica, California, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Santa Monica, CA was in 2020.

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 Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica, California - DNA Testing

Experts Say...

Leon F. Bennett, an expert in paternity law that serves Santa Monica, defines paternity as "the state of being a father." He explains that in paternity cases, the court decides who the child's legal parents are, and if a couple is married, the parents are presumed to be the child's legal parents. "Parents are legally responsible for their children and their support, whether the couple is married or not. Even in cases where a father does not want the responsibility of raising a child or separates from his partner even before the birth, the biological father remains responsible for the health and welfare of the child, " says Bennett. "For the family left behind by what's often referred to as a 'deadbeat dad,' having paternity legally acknowledged will be critical to getting the father's help in ongoing financial support of the child."

The Importance of Establishing Paternity in Santa Monica, CA

Establishing paternity ensures that the child receives financial support from both parents and that both parents get custody and visitation rights. Paternity also allows the child to have both parents listed on the birth certificate, access to medical records from both sides of the family, inheritance rights from both parents, and other available benefits available to the child, like social security or veterans' benefits.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Santa Monica, CA

When a child is born to married parents in Santa Monica, the husband automatically becomes the child's legal father, and paternity doesn't need to be established. However, unmarried parents must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. In Santa Monica, parents can establish paternity voluntarily by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. If either parent questions paternity, they should use DNA testing to determine paternity before signing the voluntary form. If the parents cannot agree to establish paternity voluntarily, they can go to court, and the court will likely order DNA testing.

Last updated 12/27/2022

Some Santa Monica Neighborhoods That We Serve

Mesa Loop
Montana Ave
North Of San Vicente
Olympic Studios
Rustic Canyon
Santa Monica Center
Sunset Park-Southwest
Upper Santa Monica Canyon
Virginia Ave Park
Wilshire Montana

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"Determining California Paternity Laws & Knowing Your Rights." Law Offices of Leon F. Bennett, https://www.leonfbennettlaw.com/blog/determining-paternity-in-california-and-knowing-your-rights/
"Establishing Paternity in California - What's My First Step?" Bruce A Mandel Divorce & Family Law, https://www.brucemandelattorney.com/establishing-paternity-california-first-steps/
"Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage." California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/CDPH%20Document%20Library/ControlledForms/VS22.pdf
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