DNA Test - Severna Park, MD

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Severna Park, Maryland at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (410) 267-4704 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 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 - Severna Park, Maryland

Severna Park MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Severna Park, Maryland 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 Severna Park 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 Severna Park MD

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

DNA Testing in Severna Park MD

Establishing Paternity in Severna Park, MD

Under Maryland law, there are no steps necessary to legally establish paternity when a married Severna Park couple has a child. In this case, the law presumes the husband is the biological father. For unmarried couples, both parents will need to complete the paternity establishment process to have the father gain parental rights over the child. Doing so will also allow the opportunity to have the father's name placed on the child's birth certificate.

To establish legal paternity in Anne Arundel County, where Severna Park resides, parents should complete an Affidavit of Parentage. This form is completely voluntary and must be signed by both parents to legally establish paternity. Hospital staff will present this form at the hospital following the child's birth; however, one can be completed at a later date through an Anne Arundel County Department of Health or Division of Vital Records office.

Navigating a Difficult Paternity Establishment in Severna Park, MD

When two Severna Park parents do not agree on a paternity presumption or refuse to establish paternity, the state will not distribute child support. This is because there is no legally declared father for the state to request payment. In the event that one parent can't establish legal paternity with the other parent, they must do so by court order.

Filing a paternity petition in Anne Arundel County Family Court will allow a judge to issue a summons to the presumed father and request he submit to DNA paternity testing. Testing will help successfully identify the child's biological father and rightfully establish paternity. Once paternity is established, both parents can then move forward with child support applications and custody agreements.

Experts in Severna Park, MD Say…

Following a tricky paternity establishment process, a Severna Park couple may also need the assistance of Anne Arundel County Family Court to also establish a legal custody agreement. According to Severna Park Family Law Attorney Kelley Spigel, Maryland custody law allows the court a greater degree of discretion when determining what's in the best interest of a child. This includes considering various factors, such as a parent's criminal history and a child's personal wishes, to create a healthy custody agreement.

Neighborhoods Served in Severna Park

Bluff Point
Bolden Acres
Cape Mckinsey
Kearney Manor
Olde County Estates
Severna Forest
Smugglers Cove
Trinity Farms
Williams Woods
Yanzte Cove

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Affidavit of Parentage." Maryland Department of Health, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
"Circuit Court." Anne Arundel County, https://www.circuitcourt.org/
"Custody and Visitation." Law Offices of Kelly Spigel, https://www.divorcelawmaryland.com/services/child-custody/#
"Severna Park Neighborhoods." Diane & Crew of Taylor Properties, https://www.dianeandcrew.com/area/severna-park-neighborhoods/#nav