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Paternity test - can the mother be compelled to allow DNA test?

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BerylStreep Wed 10-Oct-12 19:46:23

Just what the title says really.

Have a friend with a young baby. Boyfriend wanted nothing to do with my friend once he found out she was pregnant. Claimed he didn't think the baby was his.

He is not on the birth certificate, has never met the baby (doesn't even know the name), but has now made contact saying he wants parental responsibility.

The guy is violent, with mh problems, and my friend wants nothing to do with him, let alone letting him access to the baby.

My question is, can she be forced to submit the baby to a paternity test?

xmasevebundle Sun 14-Oct-12 19:55:07

If i was her...

Id say i slept with another man around the time, either way hes going to get a DNA.

He has to get the DNA then get PR then a Contact Order(which i doubt because he sounds a twat)

Having PR does NOT GIVE him rights to have contact with the child.

PR is only saying e.g what schools.

tripleandco Mon 15-Oct-12 12:22:26

It's true that having PR or his name on the bc wouldn't give the father rights to have contact with the child. But generally courts consider it best for the child to have contact with both natural parents, even in cases where the parent has mh problems or convictions for violent crimes. Courts rarely agree to no contact at all.

Contact could take place in a supervised environment. With no contact any risk of harm children suffer has to weighed against the harm they suffer if they lose a relationship with one natural parent altogether. Psychiatrists and psychologists consistently tell the family courts that children who are insecure about their natural parentage tend to grow up with low self esteem, leading to behavioural and emotional problems in later life such as dysfunctional relationships in adulthood.

Bloopbleep Sun 20-Nov-16 17:00:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EnormousTiger Sun 20-Nov-16 19:43:40

David Blunkett when a Minnister in the UK changed English law so that even lovers could force a DNA test on a married couple (on the mother) - and then he used it to prove his married lover's husband was not the father of the baby.

EnormousTiger Sun 20-Nov-16 19:43:48


JaniceBattersby Sun 20-Nov-16 20:21:04

Can she not use the CMS as leverage? Get her solicitor to write a very simple letter saying that she will welcome a DNA test and, of course, if the claimant is determined to be the father, she will obviously insist on her legal right to pursue him for maintenance until the child is 18. It might just scare him off enough for him to leave well alone.

Cherylene Sun 20-Nov-16 20:46:19

Surely there is no point in the court ordering a paternity test.

If he wants to prove he is the father there is no point because she has already said he is at the start.

If he wants to prove that he is not the father, there is no point because he is not being asked for anything.

If he wants to take it to court out of idle curiosity, he is just wasting court time which will make him look what he is..............confused

prh47bridge Sun 20-Nov-16 23:44:53

This thread is 4 years old. I expect this is long since resolved.

Cherylene Mon 21-Nov-16 22:04:57

Bollox. I hate it when that happens confused

joyprior Sun 29-Jan-17 22:00:41

My brother met a girl he did not know at all, she has 2 children already 1 an 2 year old their father has a regular involvement in them he is on their birth cert of both, after only 8 weeks she pregnant again claims its my brothers, she keeps asking my brother for money all the time, which he keeps giving and buying what ever she asks for and needs,yet refuses to have a DNA and his name on the birth cert or for him to be at the birth or even involved in the future with the baby, can my brother force her and baby when born to a DNA ? the involvement is over but my brother just wants to stand up and be counted as a decent person, there is a very good chance the baby is not his

HowDoYouExplainThis Mon 30-Jan-17 10:17:01


You should start your own thread as this is a zombie thread.

However Yes he can apply to the courts for a DNA test and it is a criminal offence to list someone as the father when they're not.

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