A court-ordered paternity test helps to establish paternity in a family court case. Only a judge or magistrate may order paternity testing. In order to get a court order, you must file a paternity petition with the court. If the judge accepts your petition then the judge will issue a court order to the defendant which can be either the alleged father or, mother.
Remember, you do not need a court order for a judge to accept a DNA test result as legally admissible evidence in court. If both the mother and the unmarried alleged father agree to perform the paternity test. It is important to note that the paternity test must be a legal paternity test performed by an A A B B accredited parentage laboratory in order for your result to meet the guidelines for legally admissible court accepted documents.
As stated earlier, In order to get a court-ordered paternity test the mother of the child, legal guardian or the non-custodial alleged father must file a paternity petition with the family court.
No. You can file a paternity petition to yourself. Remember, it will be at the judge or magistrate’s discretion to order a DNA test to establish paternity. Although you do not need an attorney. IDTO recommends that you consult with an attorney to make sure you understand your state’s laws.
Turnaround times for your result is 2 to 3 business days from the date in which the lab receives all genetic samples if you perform you paternity test independently. In the event your paternity test is performed through the state. The turnaround time for your result will be 6 to 8 weeks.
DNA tests performed by the state are not free. In most instances you will be required to reimburse the state for your paternity test. As stated earlier you can perform a paternity test independently. The test can be performed with or without a court order from judge and submitted into court as evidence depending on your situation.
Pricing begins for a court-admissible DNA test result that starts at $350.00. If you would like to learn more about IDTO DNA Paternity Testing legal paternity testing services. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 888-204-0583 to coordinate an appointment today.
An alleged father/non custodial parent has the right to refuse a paternity test. But, it is important to note that the father’s option to refuse does not come without consequence. If the defendent chooses to refuse to take paternity test. The defendant (father) will probably be held in contempt of court. The judge may rule on a default judgement in favor of the mother. Remember, the information is this article is informational purpose and should not be used as legal advice. Please seek legal consult in your respective state.
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