DNA Test – Springfield, MA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Springfield, Massachusetts at 5 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (413) 314-2232 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 – Springfield, Massachusetts
Types of DNA Tests at our Springfield, Massachusetts 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 Springfield DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Springfield MA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Springfield 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 Springfield, plus many more locations throughout Massachusetts 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Springfield as well as communities all across the nation.
Commitment to CommunityHealth Street’s commitment to the people of the community is long standing. We are proud to provide DNA testing in Springfield, Massachusetts for those who need it.
Facts about DNA Testing in Springfield MA
Major Player in DNA Discovery Had Springfield Connections
Dr. Alexander Rich, who, in 1973, made a name for himself by using x-rays to prove that DNA is constructed of a double-helix, died in 2015 at age 90. Dr. Rich, who grew up in Springfield, had been investigating DNA and RNA, the fundamental molecules of life, for nearly 60 years. His discoveries led to major innovations including tests to diagnose H.I.V. infection and tests for the genes that cause breast cancer.
The Keys to Establishing Paternity Rights in Springfield
According to Springfield attorney Claudette-Jean Girard, unmarried fathers cannot request child visitation until paternity has been legally established. Unwed mothers also have no right to collect child support in the absence of legal paternity.
Birth mothers are automatically assumed to be a child’s custodial parent. If a mother is married at the time of a child’s birth, paternity is also assumed. When a child is born out of wedlock, there are two primary ways to establish paternity in Massachusetts. The first is for both parents to agree and sign acknowledgment paperwork. This can be done by signing the birth certificate at the hospital or, if the mother has already left the hospital, by signing a “Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage.”
If both parents don’t agree, then paternity must be established through a court order. This process begins when one parent files a “Complaint to Establish Paternity.” Once the DNA test is complete, if it’s determined that the man in question is the child’s biological father, then he can file for visitation and/or custody and the mother can file for child support payments.