DNA Test - Waltham, MA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Waltham, Massachusetts at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (781) 217-3456 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 - Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Waltham, Massachusetts 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:

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)

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 Waltham 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 Waltham MA

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Waltham, the state of Waltham, Massachusetts, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Waltham to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Waltham. 

Waltham, MA - DNA Testing

Reasons to Establish Paternity in Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, when a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother automatically has full custody and decision-making rights for the child. The child's father has no rights until legal paternity has been established. According to experts at The Law Offices of Renee Lazar, which serves clients in the Waltham area, establishing legal paternity impacts important factors including child custody, child support, and father's rights.

Once paternity is established, both parents have the same rights and obligations as they would if they were married when the child was born. Paternity also gives the child rights, including the right to receive an inheritance from the father, to be enrolled in the father's health insurance coverage, to receive Social Security benefits based on the father's records, and to sue for the father's wrongful death.

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity

The easiest way to establish paternity in Massachusetts is for both parents to sign and file a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. Experts at the Cunnally Law Group, a divorce collaborative handling cases in Waltham and the surrounding area, state that this is typically done in the hospital when the child is born. However, it can also be filed in the future at the city or town clerk's office or the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS).

The firm goes on to say that neither party should sign this form if there is any doubt regarding the true identity of the child's biological father. Both parties have the right to seek DNA testing or genetic marker testing to confirm a biological relationship before signing any paternity paperwork.

Court-Ordered Paternity in Waltham, MA

In cases where a child's parents are unwilling or unable to establish paternity voluntarily, it can be done by filing a Complaint to Establish Paternity with the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in the county where the child resides. For children living in Waltham, cases are held at the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, located at 10-U Commerce Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

A paternity complaint can be filed by the child's mother, the alleged father, or the child. It's common for the judge to order DNA testing before issuing a ruling. If the test determines that the man is the child's biological father, the judge will typically enter an order stating that the man is the child's legal father, and his name is added to the birth certificate.

Last updated 8/28/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Waltham

Beaver St
Bishops Forest
Glen Meadow East
Lyman Pond
Pigeon Hill

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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"Paternity in Massachusetts - Who's Your Daddy?" Cunnally Law Group, LLC, https://www.divorcecollaborative.com/child-support/paternity-in-massachusetts-whos-your-daddy/
"Courts Serving Waltham." Commonwealth of Massachusetts, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/courts-serving-waltham
"Middlesex Probate and Family Court South - Woburn." Commonwealth of Massachusetts, https://www.mass.gov/locations/middlesex-probate-and-family-court-south-woburn
"How to establish parentage." Commonwealth of Massachusetts, https://www.mass.gov/how-to/how-to-establish-parentage
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