DNA Test – Wilmington, NC

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Wilmington, North Carolina at 5 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (910) 294-4908 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 Wilmington 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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2505 Delaney Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
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2032 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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706 S College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
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Wilmington, NC 28405
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DNA Test – Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington NC DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Wilmington, North Carolina 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:

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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 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 Wilmington DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Wilmington NC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Wilmington 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 Wilmington, plus many more locations throughout North Carolina 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.  The first DNA test in Wilmington, NC performed by Health Street was in 2020.

Dedication to Excellence

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

Local DNA Testing Info for Wilmington

Establishing Paternity in Wilmington, NC

Although paternity is automatically established for Wilmington parents who were married at the time of a child’s birth, unmarried parents are required to legally establish paternity themselves. In Wilmington, NC, there are two ways paternity can be legally established: either by getting married or completing an Affidavit of Parentage.

Assuming the presumed father’s name is already on the birth certificate, legal paternity is established retroactively for two parents who marry after the birth of their child. For those who don’t marry, hospital staff will present both parents with the opportunity to complete an Affidavit of Parentage following the child’s birth. This legally binding document will declare the presumed father as the child’s legal guardian, providing him with legal paternal rights and responsibilities.

Handling Complicated Paternity Situations in Wilmington, NC

Both Wilmington, NC parents are not always in agreement with a child’s presumed paternity. Either mother or father may refuse the filing of an Affidavit of Parentage due to suspicion that someone else may be the father. In such situations, it would be best for either mother or presumed father to file a paternity suit through New Hanover County Court.

By filing a paternity suit in court, either parent can request DNA paternity testing to effectively prove and establish legal paternity. Once court-ordered DNA testing is administered and results do conclude that the presumed father is the biological father, the courts can legally establish paternity. Following the paternity establishment, a request for child support services, visitation schedules, and custodial agreements can also be completed.

Experts in Wilmington, NC Say…

To ensure the well-being of a child, it’s best to legally establish a custody agreement in court to provide the child sufficient time with both parents. Once custody and support orders are legally put in place, the court anticipates they will remain in place until the child is 18 years old.

However, as children grow older and circumstances change with either parent, a custodial agreement requires modification. According to Wilmington Family Law lawyer Ashley Smith, in order for modifications to be made, either parent will need to present that changes to the agreement are in the best interest of the child. Whether a parent is now an unfit caregiver or desires to move out of state, it’s recommended they seek legal assistance when dealing with specific concerns in court.

Locations

Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Wilmington, North Carolina

2505 Delaney Road Wilmington, NC 28403
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PMTuesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PMWednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PMThursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PMFriday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM About this Location: You can locate our clinic a short walk from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Neighborhoods in Wilmington Served by our Clinics

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Greenfield Lake
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Myrtle Grove
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Murrayville
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Pine Valley
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Porters Neck
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Riverlights
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Scotts Hill
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Sunset Park
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Topsail Island
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Wrightsville Beach

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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Citations

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“Affidavit of Parentage.” North Carolina Judicial Branch, https://www.nccourts.gov/assets/documents/forms/cv604-en.pdf?gO1L0NiHGJkCFV7DchOVHCueJd2qWwie
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“New Hanover County.” North Carolina Judicial Branch, https://www.nccourts.gov/locations/new-hanover-county
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“Modifications to Child Support or Custody Agreements.” Speaks Law Firm, https://speaksfamilylaw.com/family-law-attorney-wilmington-nc/
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“Wilmington Areas.” Nest Realty Wilmington, https://www.nestrealty.com/wilmington/area-guides/