DNA Test – Sturgis, MI

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Sturgis, Michigan at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (269) 215-4985 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 – Sturgis, Michigan

Sturgis MI DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Sturgis, Michigan 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 Sturgis 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 Sturgis MI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Sturgis 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 Sturgis, plus many more locations throughout Michigan and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Sturgis. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Sturgis , MI 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Sturgis to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Sturgis that they need. 

Sturgis, MI – DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Sturgis, MI

In the state of Michigan, an Affidavit of Parentage form can be used to establish paternity in the event that two Sturgis parents are not married at the time their child is born. Promptly completing and submitting this form to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is important as it establishes a child’s legal father, granting him parental rights and responsibilities.

Bear in mind, signing an Affidavit of Parentage following a child’s birth is a voluntary process and must only be completed if there is full certainty in a child’s paternity. If a Sturgis mother is unsure of who her child’s biological father is, it’s crucial that she first requests DNA testing before establishing paternity to avoid any future legal complications or repercussions.

Assistance Establishing Paternity in Sturgis, MI

Both parents may not always cooperate when establishing paternity. If one parent does not agree with a given paternity claim or refuses to establish paternity in the state of Michigan, the parent seeking a paternity establishment will instead need to request assistance from St. Joseph County Family Court.

Submitting a petition to establish paternity initiates a court-ordered paternity establishment process, which likely includes the use of mandated DNA paternity testing of the presumed father. Once the courts can identify a child’s biological father, paternity can then be established as well as parenting plans and child support orders if necessary.

Laws and Regulations Relating to Paternity in Sturgis, MI

When a Sturgis man is legally designated as a child’s legal father, he will be held responsible for child support payments even if he later learns that he is not the biological father. Fortunately, under the Michigan Revocation of Paternity Act (ROPA) and certain circumstances, a parent has the ability to disestablish paternity to remove these obligations if mistaken paternity is learned later on.

To revoke an acknowledgment of parentage, a parent will first be required to file a petition to terminate parental rights in St. Joseph County Family Court. From here, a parent will be asked to present evidence that paternity was established based on the mistake of fact, fraud, duress, or newly discovered evidence, such as DNA testing results. If this is adequately proven in court, paternity can then be disestablished, and any child support obligations can be revoked.

Last updated 8/4/2023

Neighborhoods in Sturgis Served by our Clinics

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Elaine Manor
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Fawn River Apartments
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Liberty
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Maple Towers
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Seven Springs
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Stone House Apartments
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Sturgis City
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Sturgis Commons
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Timber Trace
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Wilshire Park

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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Citations

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“Affidavit of Parentage.” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/-/media/Project/Websites/mdhhs/Folder2/Folder51/Folder1/Folder151/DCH-0682.pdf
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“Establish Paternity.” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/adult-child-serv/child-sup/how-do-i/establish-paternity
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“Support &; Paternity Establishment.” St. Joseph County Court, https://www.stjosephcountymi.org/government/courts-law-enforcement/friend-of-the-court/support-paternity-establishment
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“Revocation of Paternity Act (ROPA).” Michigan Judicial Institute, https://www.courts.michigan.gov/49b6cc/siteassets/publications/benchbooks/qrms/family/domestic-relations/setting-aside-an-acknowledgment-of-parentage.pdf
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“Sturgis Michigan Real Estate Subdivisions.” Coldwell Banker, https://www.coldwellhomes.com/sturgis-michigan-subdivisions.html