DNA Testing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at 6 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (205) 526-4306 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 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Types of DNA Tests at our Tuscaloosa, Alabama 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 Tuscaloosa DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Tuscaloosa AL
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa, plus many more locations throughout Alabama 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. The first DNA test we performed in Tuscaloosa, AL was in 2018.
Commitment to Community
Health Street is committed to the residents here and dedicated to serving their needs for DNA testing and paternity testing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Facts about DNA Testing in Tuscaloosa AL
DNA Test Connects Tuscaloosa Father and Daughter
John Bennett and Laura Barnes, both living in Tuscaloosa, at one time wouldn’t have recognized one another in passing. That all changed when a DNA test revealed that Bennett was Barnes’ biological father.
Barnes, who was born 20 years prior, had been adopted by her maternal uncle and his wife. She was raised in Louisiana before moving to Alabama to attend college. After taking a DNA test, she received news that she was a very strong match with Bennett. She immediately reached out by email and they met two days later. They were surprised by how natural their connection felt, and the two — who live just over two miles away from each other — continue to stay in contact and develop their relationship.
Infant Considered Party to Paternity Suit
The complexities of paternity law were brought to light during a 2017 case involving a biological father’s appeal to stop the adoption of his infant son. The saga began when a mother gave birth to a child in Madison County and signed paperwork at the hospital to give the child up for adoption. The same day, the child’s father contacted the agency to object to the adoption. A week later he filed a paternity, custody, and child support petition in the Limestone Circuit Court.
When the prospective adoptive parents filed adoption paperwork, the father objected by submitted his paternity paperwork, which showed that there was a 99.99% chance that he was the father. Things got interesting when an attorney representing the infant filed a request to move the case to Tuscaloosa county, based on the fact that the child lived there with his prospective adoptive parents.
Despite the father’s objections, the case was moved. Although a child is not a named party in a court proceeding, he or she is a “permissible” party. The law has determined that a minor child does have a right to an attorney and can make legal objections in paternity cases. This complexity is one of the many reasons why it’s critical to hire a reputable and experienced child custody attorney any time paternity issues come up.
Establishing Paternity in Tuscaloosa
According to the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney, anyone wanting to establish a parent-child relationship or seeking to have child support ordered or enforced must file a motion through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). There’s no charge for this service. Once the application has been submitted, the DHR refers the case to the District Attorney’s Office.
In instances where the mother and father were never married, either party can petition for a paternity test. Once this has been established, the courts can also rule that the non-custodial parent must pay child support.