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DNA Paternity Testing for Solicitors

A DNA paternity test is a genetic test to determine the biological father of a child. The test compares the DNA of the alleged father with that of the child to see if they share genetic markers, indicating a biological relationship. DNA paternity testing has become essential for solicitors, providing conclusive evidence in legal disputes such as child custody battles, child support cases, inheritance disputes, immigration or asylum claims and adoption cases. Here, we will explore the usefulness of DNA paternity testing for solicitors.

Firstly, a DNA paternity test is essential in cases where the paternity of a child is in question. In family law cases, DNA paternity testing can help establish or refute paternity, essential when determining child custody, visitation rights and child support obligations.

Secondly, a DNA paternity test can help resolve inheritance disputes. Inheritance claims can arise when an individual dies without leaving a will or if there is a dispute over the distribution of an estate. DNA paternity testing can provide conclusive evidence about paternity, which can help resolve such conflicts. If a child claims an inheritance from an alleged biological father, then DNA paternity testing can confirm or refute the biological relationship, which can be important for determining the child’s entitlement to inheritance.

Thirdly, a DNA paternity test is viable evidence for immigration and asylum claims. In family reunion cases, if a father has obtained protection status in the UK, a paternity DNA test can be used to prove his relation to his children, so they can legally join him. While documentation- like a birth certificate- is often sufficient, DNA paternity testing offers a solution when a document is unavailable or the Home Office questions its validity.

Finally, a DNA paternity test can help resolve adoption cases. For instance, a biological father may want to contest an adoption and regain custody of the child. DNA paternity testing can provide conclusive evidence about their biological relationship, which can help resolve such matters.

In conclusion, DNA paternity testing has become essential for solicitors in many legal disputes. It provides accurate and reliable evidence about biological relationships, which can help resolve legal disputes fairly and justly. With the advancement of technology, DNA paternity testing has become faster, more accurate, and more affordable, making it accessible to more people. As such, it is wise for solicitors to consider DNA paternity testing in their legal practice.

Lextox performs DNA paternity testing accredited by the Ministry of Justice in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. As a result, Lextox paternity testing is legally defensible in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969. Lextox provides the results of a paternity test in a report that indicates the probability of paternity. A probability of 99% or higher indicates paternity, while a probability of less than 1% indicates non-paternity.

For a report that is admissible as evidence in legal proceedings and can be used to establish legal paternity, use Lextox DNA paternity testing. For more information, visit our website. You can also visit our Contact Page to download request forms, initiate a request, or get our contact details.

Published 09/05/23 – All information correct at time of publication