Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced that later in the year family law court judges will have the power to order DNA tests to determine a child’s parentage in any private family law proceedings.
The scheme was tested in Taunton and Bristol, and it was found that allowing tests to be ordered meant not only that judges felt more confident in making decisions about a child’s future, but also that parents were more likely to follow the court’s orders.
Simon Hughes stated that “Unambiguous and conclusive DNA tests will prove parentage and help to end acrimonious and embarrassing court battles.”
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