What is a court-ordered paternity test?
A court-ordered paternity test is a DNA test initiated by the Family Court. They can be initiated due to reasonable doubt about the child’s paternity, or by you applying to the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court.
The purpose is to help settle a child support dispute, determine the paternity of the child in parenting proceedings or any birth certificate dilemmas.
The law on paternity-testing
It may be useful to know that the court can order a paternity test on its own initiative, or upon your request. Section 69W(b) of the Family Law Act 1975 states that a court can make a parentage testing order, on the application of a party.
The Family Law Act 1975 also lays out the presumptions of parentage. Without DNA results, the presumption is that you are a parent of the child if you satisfy the elements list Section 69.
Process of getting a paternity test and the costs involved
The court order will allow you, the other parent and the child to attend a laboratory for DNA testing and collection. The two options available are peace of mind testing or DNA typing. Peace of mind testing involves self-sampling and ranges in price from approximately $150.00 – $200.00. DNA typing is more accredited, however, may cost you from $600.00 – $900.00. It is best to consult our experienced family lawyers who can help you explore your options.
If you or someone you know wish to discuss this matter further, then please contact our experienced solicitors at 02 8999 9809 for assistance.