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NT Ex Wants DNA Testing - What are My Rights?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by Garyalias, 12 August 2016.

  1. Garyalias

    Garyalias Member

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    Hi,

    An ex from when I was 20 emailed me and told me that she has a child and claimed I am the biological father. While the dates line up, there is some doubt whether this is accurate. She claims that the child wishes to make contact.

    I have a family and do not feel any emotions towards this news. My ex has threatened a DNA testing to prove this and have me on the birth certificate. She has claimed she does not wish financial support.

    What are my legal obligations? Do I need to provide DNA after this amount of time? What are my rights?

    Anything would be great.
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    So, on her part, this situation would probably need a declaration of parentage, which can only be made by the Court. Consquently, to get you to conduct a DNA test, she would need an order from the Court to do it, but as far as I'm aware, you can't get a declaration of parentage unless there is some other matter at hand that the Court needs to determine, such as parenting orders or a child support issue.

    In short, you can't be forced to provide a DNA test except by order of the Court.
     
  3. Garyalias

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    If she chose the approach of child support payment, would she have grounds to after 13 years without any form of contact? Also what would I have to pay and would I be forced to back pay?

    Thanks again
     
  4. AllForHer

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    Yes, she would have grounds, but she won't be able to claim child support for the 13-year period of absence. It would only be from the date that she notifies CSA until the day the child turns 18.
     

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