Testing Options

DNA Tests Offered

A paternity test compares the DNA of the child to the DNA of the alleged father to determine if the alleged father is the biological father of the child. Once a child is born, there are two choices for paternity testing: a Legal DNA Paternity Test or a Peace-of-Mind DNA Paternity Test.

We also offer a Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test to determine if the alleged father is the biological father before the child is born.

Legal DNA Paternity Test

There are several reasons to have a Legal DNA Paternity Test as opposed to a Peace-of-Mind DNA Paternity Test.

  • Changes or additions to a birth certificate.
  • Cases involving child custody, visitation rights, and child support.
  • Child’s rights to potentially receive benefits including: medical insurance, Social Security and Veteran benefits, inheritance rights including life insurance payouts.
  • Divorce proceedings or other cases where a judge orders DNA paternity testing.

For both a Legal and a Peace-of-Mind test, the child and the alleged father’s DNA are collected with buccal swabs where the inside of the cheeks are swabbed with sterile cotton swabs.

For the results of a DNA paternity test to be legally admissible in court or for use in other legal proceedings, the DNA has to be collected using a chain-of-custody protocol. The chain-of-custody protocol requires a third party (Heartland DNA) to swab all parties being DNA tested and to obtain copies of government-issued picture ID’s and/or pictures to provide proof of who was tested.

State laws also require DNA testing to be done at an AABB accredited lab. Heartland DNA uses an AABB accredited lab for all chain-of-custody DNA testing.

Peace-of-Mind DNA Paternity Test

A Peace-of-Mind DNA Paternity Test, also called a Home Kit, provides the same results as a Legal DNA Paternity Test, but because the DNA is not collected using a chain-of-custody protocol, the results are not considered legally admissible in court and cannot be used for legal proceedings.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test

A Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test can determine if the alleged father is the biological father before the child is born and the results of that test can be used for legal purposes. The earliest a prenatal test can be performed is 7 weeks into the pregnancy and the mother cannot be expecting multiples (twins or triplets). The alleged father’s DNA is collected by a buccal swab. The DNA of the baby is extracted from the mother’s blood which is drawn from a vein in her arm. This test is considered non-invasive because there is no disruption to the baby or the uterus when drawing blood from the mother’s arm.

Heartland DNA offers other ancestry tests to prove grandparentage, half-/full-siblingship, and avuncular (i.e. uncle/nephew) relationships. While Heartland DNA does not offer DNA testing to determine ethnic and geographic origins, if you have found someone through research on one of the popular ancestry websites or other means who may belong to your family tree, give us a call so we can see if there is a DNA test(s) available to determine a direct genetic connection!

In some cases, these tests can be used to indirectly prove paternity when the alleged father is not available for testing. You should seek an attorney’s opinion before relying on any ancestral test to indirectly prove paternity for use in legal proceedings.

Heartland DNA offers tests to help determine if a significant other is cheating. A Semen Detection Test will determine whether or not semen is present on a piece of clothing or linens. A Y-STR Test can identify if there is male DNA on the item and if there is more than one male DNA profile present. If male DNA is detected by the Y-STR Test, a DNA Comparison Test can determine if the DNA profile detected matches the significant other’s DNA collected with a buccal swab.

Each situation is unique so a phone consultation is the best way to determine which tests are best for you. As with all cases, testing is confidential.

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    Testimonial

    “Thank you for the quick resolution of my recent DNA question. I received a letter from a lady I was engaged to back in the mid-1950’s stating she and I had a daughter. I don’t know why it took her 62 years to decide to tell me, but thankfully she did. I received her letter in August of 2018 and I contacted Heartland DNA about 2 weeks later to test Cherrie (daughter in question) and me. Our DNA test confirmed Cherrie was indeed my daughter. At 81 years old I was able to fly to San Antonio, Texas to meet my daughter for the first time in our lives on October 2, 2018. I stayed with her and her husband until October 5; we had a wonderful visit. Again, thank you so much for your wonderful work uniting our family.”

    David and Cherrie
    “I owe Laura the biggest debt of gratitude for all she did for my client. After months of waiting, my young client was able to start receiving her Social Security benefits. It was quite a battle, but I couldn’t have done it without Laura and her perseverance. She is a miracle worker.”
    Marilyn, Licensed Professional Counselor

    “Heartland DNA is an incredibly quick and effective way to receive DNA results. Laura Dominik is a breeze to work with and is never hard to reach. She is flexible with location and scheduling and the results come quick. Heartland is always my go to for my DNA testing needs, she is a case manager’s dream!”

    Brianna, BS Foster Care Case Manager

    “I have referred several clients to Heartland for DNA testing services, and they have gone above and beyond to not only ensure testing was done quickly, but also maintained contact with me throughout the process. They are willing to travel to collect a DNA sample and will also make appointments work around the client’s schedule. Overall, my experience with Heartland DNA has been fantastic!”

    Shannon, Social Worker

    “I have had several clients that have worked with Heartland DNA and every time this company has gone above and beyond to ensure that the test is done. There have been clients two to three hours away and this company found a way to get the tests done that I need for court. The tests are done accurately and quickly. Every time I speak with Ms. Dominik she is so sweet and very knowledgeable about DNA testing and will look for alternative ideas if one needs to be found. This company is one that I happily use and refer to my peers.”

    Social Worker

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