DNA Test - South Bend, IN

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in South Bend, Indiana at 3 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (574) 319-1228 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 South Bend 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 - South Bend, Indiana

South Bend IN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our South Bend, Indiana 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 South Bend 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 South Bend IN

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

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Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in South Bend, IN

In South Bend, IN, if a child is born to married parents, the husband is presumed the child's legal father, and paternity is established automatically. However, if the parents are not married or the child is born after 300 days of the marriage ending, the parents must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. South Bend parents can establish paternity voluntarily by signing the Paternity Affidavit Upon Marriage – State Form 48468. The form can be completed at the hospital within 72 hours after the child's birth or at the local health department. Once the form has been filed, the father's name can be added to the birth certificate. If the two parents do not agree to sign the form, paternity can also be established in court. Either parent can request DNA testing if paternity is in question. The court may order DNA testing to determine paternity.

The Importance of Establishing Paternity in South Bend, IN

When South Bend parents establish paternity, they give the child a legal father, and the father obtains parental rights and responsibilities, including custody and visitation rights and financial responsibilities. The child gets the benefit of developing relationships with both parents. Paternity also allows the child to receive certain benefits, like social security, veteran's and medical benefits, life insurance, or other available benefits from each parent.

Experts Say...

Andrew Beare Jones, South Bend paternity lawyer, explains that a paternity affidavit doesn't guarantee child support or parenting time. "When a paternity affidavit is not or cannot be used, paternity can be established through paternity action in court," he says. "Both parties can submit written agreements acknowledging paternity, or if paternity is unsure or disputed, paternity testing can be done to determine the biological father of the child. At this point, the court would issue a decree establishing paternity for the father. It is important to understand that established paternity comes with obligations and responsibilities to the child."

Last updated 11/24/2022

Neighborhoods Served in South Bend

Gilmer Park
Harter Heights
Keller Park
Lincoln Manor
Rum Village

Additional Services

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