On occasion there may be some doubts held in relation to the paternity of a child. From the outset it is imperative to acknowledge that any confusion in relation to paternity should not be shared with a child without the guidance of a counsellor or psychologist, and not until there is some definitive understanding of the result of testing. It goes without saying that much damage can be done by unnecessarily disrupting a child’s understanding of their world.
Whilst informal testing can be undertaken using the services of many commercial providers, ultimately if you are seeking to rely upon a paternity result in seeking to set aside a child support obligation, then it is necessary to obtain a formal Order of the Court authorising that testing. The Court may or may not determine to allow that testing, as they ask the question of whether that testing (and the consequences of any result) would be in the best interests of a child.
The information contained herein is not intended to be a complete statement of the law on any subject and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice in specific fact situations.