Is she trying to get maintainence out of him? What I'm asking is, why does he want the parternity test? Are the CSA chasing him, or has he just decided he wants to know. I'm presuming as he's not given a toss up till now there must be some alteria motive.
No, she doesn't want maintenance - nor has she had any in the past. No CSA involvement either.
He had been harassing her, and she got a court order for him to stop. I think he is now trying to claim parental responsibility as a way of harassing her further, but this time through the legal route.
I don't think he is remotely interested in the baby itself - just as a means of getting at my friend.
SS wrote to her advising that he had made some very worrying disclosures and that she was never to give him unsupervised access to the baby and that he posed a danger to it. Not that she was ever, in a million years, going to voluntarily allow him near the baby anyway.
When you see it written down, it seems very JK, but my friend really isn't like that.
Yes he can take her to court for a DNA test to be ordered but as far as I know not just for that it would have to be part of a contact hearing i.e. him asking for contact. He would only get parental responsibility once he had an attachment to the child, he doesn't just get that if the DNA test proves he is the father. Contact would be given most probably at a contact centre to start with. It is unlikely he will not get contact.
As others have said he can take her to court and force her to comply with a DNA test, but for him to gain access would be quite a long process and your friend would be able to put her objections and reasons for them to the court.
Tell your friend to try not to worry too much and to take things one step at a time. Him asking for a DNA test is very different to him taking her to court for one which will cost him money (would that be liekly to put him off?)
Under s.8 of children act 1989 a specific order for DNA test may be made by the court if parentage is being disputed. So they can force a DNA test, but the issue of parental responsibility and contact are very different and would require him to prove a has an interest or attachment. In such a case I would suspect supervised contact. I think avenues response was very spot on.
I have no idea, but I suspect if has got as far a court then his solicitor will be secure as much anecdotal and circumstantial evidence he can. I have no idea what would constitute that but if there is no evidence I highly suspect that is where an Oder for DNA will be made. I don't have any direct experience of this, I only know this through discussion on the matter with an academic on my course.
They were in a relationship for about 9 or 10 months, not a one off shag. The thing is that he was so insultingly adamant that the baby was not his when she told him she was pg, but yet now he is claiming the baby is his.
My friend is torn between wanting to protect herself and her DC, or basically portraying herself to him and court that she is a bit of a slapper who doesn't know who the father may be, which certainly isn't the case.
Titchy, believe me, I have considered suggesting that .