DNA Testing in Traverse City, MI

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Traverse City, Michigan at 2 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (231) 525-7195 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 Traverse City 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 - Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City MI DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Traverse City, Michigan

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Traverse City testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street's 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.

Other DNA Tests

Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:

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)

DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family's DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.

Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We'll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Traverse City test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

Home tests offer more flexibility:

Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.

In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Traverse City MI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Traverse City clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Traverse City, plus many more throughout Michigan and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.

You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You'll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.

How long it takes to get results of a DNA test

Paternity tests conducted at one of our Traverse City facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.

The DNA test appointment - what to expect and what to bring

The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you're being tested at our Traverse City clinic, you'll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We'll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.

For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.

Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?

If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child's behalf.

DNA testing if one party is not in Traverse City

The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across Michigan as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Traverse City and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Traverse City or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

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 Traverse City as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Traverse City. 

Local DNA for Traverse City

Establishing Paternity in Traverse City, MI

As with most married parents who have a child together, paternity in Traverse City, MI is automatically established at the time of birth for legally married couples. In the event that a child is born out of wedlock, both parents will need to take the necessary steps to legally establish the paternity of the child.

In the state of Michigan, both parents will need to sign an Affidavit of Parentage to legally establish paternity. If both parental parties agree, the form can be completed at the hospital following a child's birth or through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For those seeking child support, healthcare coverage, and parental care plans, this legal establishment is crucial, as it is required by Grand Traverse County Family Court to reach a legal agreement.

Laws Focused on Paternity in Traverse City, MI

Prior to the Revocation of Paternity Act, many biological fathers in Traverse City faced difficulties when seeking their parental rights. Under the original Paternity Act, biological fathers had minimal chances of legally establishing paternity if the mother of their child was married to somebody else at the time of birth or had another man sign an Affidavit of Parentage.

However, a rise in non-traditional family settings was cause for Michigan Governor Snyder to authorize a legislative update. Thus, the Revocation of Paternity Act was signed in 2012. Under this new revision, a biological father who is not married to the mother at the time of birth has full rights to file a paternity case and request DNA testing in order to establish paternity and gain legal rights to his child. Note that in order for the case to be considered in court, a presumed biological father must file a paternity case within three years of the biological child's birth.

Experts in Traverse City Say...

In certain cases, a mother can become unfit to care for her child, leaving him or her without a sufficient guardian. Unfortunately, even if a biological father is fit for parenting, a lack of legal paternity establishment and absence from a child's life can negatively impact the court's decision to place a child with their father.

Traverse City family law lawyer Jeanne Hannah states that, "early identification and involvement of a noncustodial legal father who is actively involved in a child's life may allow him to serve as a safe and permanent placement for a child." This implies that it is critically important for a biological father to establish paternity early in a child's life, as this can heavily impact a court's placement decision later down the line. Likewise, a fit father should also seek an agreement in family court to legally establish visitation rights of the child.

Neighborhoods in Traverse City Served by our Clinics

Franklin Woods
Holiday Hills
Logan Hills
Oak Park
Old Mission Peninsula
Old Towne
Traverse Heights
Warehouse District

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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