DNA Test – Suffolk, VA
Health Street provides DNA testing in Suffolk, Virginia at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (757) 774-5850 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.
Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.
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DNA Test – Suffolk, Virginia
Types of DNA Tests at our Suffolk, Virginia 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 Suffolk DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Suffolk VA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Suffolk 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 Suffolk, plus many more locations throughout Virginia 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
Over a Decade of Experience
Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010. We have helped thousands of people from Suffolk 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 Suffolk that they need.
Suffolk, Virginia – DNA Testing
Establishing Paternity in Suffolk, VA
Establishing paternity means giving the child a legal father. Establishing paternity allows the mother to receive child support and the father to obtain visitation and custody rights. If two parents are married when they have a child, the husband is automatically the child’s legal father. In Suffolk, VA, unmarried parents must establish paternity. The easiest way to establish paternity is by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP), a form signed under oath that the mother and father are the child’s parents. Once the form is signed, the father’s name can be added to the birth certificate. If the parents cannot agree to establish paternity voluntarily, they can open a case through the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) or file a petition at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Suffolk, VA
In cases where paternity is questioned, parents can take a DNA test to determine paternity. DNA samples are sent to a certified lab for analysis. DNA test results can prove with a higher than 99% probability that a man is the child’s father.
Ferguson, Rawls, & Raines, P.C. of Suffolk explains why marital status matters when it comes to paternity. “The easiest way to establish paternity in Virginia is if the child’s mother and father are married to each other at the time of the child’s birth,” the law firm states. “By default, Virginia law assumes that the man legally married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth is the biological father. If she divorced and remarried during her pregnancy, the man to whom she was married 10 months before the child’s birth is assumed to be the father and has legal paternity.” The law firm also says that if the mother was married to someone else when the child was born, paternity must be established the same as if the child was born to unmarried parents.
Last updated 1/25/2023