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Summit County to begin drive-up DNA testing for child support cases

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Posted at 9:28 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 09:28:16-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Beginning May 11, Summit County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) will begin drive-up DNA testing to establish paternity on child support cases while abiding by the health guidelines issued for the COVID-19 pandemic.

DNA testing will be by appointment only. For current cases, CSEA will notify those of their scheduled date and time for their test. Those who do not have an appointment can call the agency at 330-643-2765 for additional information.

“Paternity establishment has become even more important during this time of uncertainty as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. I understand the critical need to establish paternity. In order to ensure parents, caretakers and children can access this important service, my office is now offering a quick, easy, and most importantly, safe way of conducting DNA testing,” said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh in a news release. “Establishing paternity is vital to protect important legal rights and privileges, such as inheritance, medical and life insurance benefits, and access to social security and veterans’ benefits.”

The testing will take place on the M1 level of the Summit County Parking Deck, 200 South High Street. A designated area will be blocked off for genetic testing. Upon completion of the test, a parking voucher will be given to allow clients to leave the parking deck free of charge.