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Legal and court ordered DNA testing

Proving paternity is not just a biological process in the courts' eyes, explains Sarah White

10 July 2014

A legal DNA test could refer to one of many different tests of which results conclusively prove that the people who took part in that test are biologically related. These results can also be used to disprove the alleged relationship. These tests provide legally admissible results to the parties concerned, supporting or disproving their relationship claims.

Most of the legal tests carried out are paternity tests. A legal paternity test will provide incontrovertible evidence that the tested male is the biological father of the child or children. There are many reasons why this proof of relationship would be required. In some cases, the DNA test is court ordered and carried out following the request of a judge. In other scenarios, the participants themselves decide to take the DNA test through a company or laboratory.

It is important to bear in mind that in some countries only results provided by an accredited laboratory can be accepted in court cases as evidence of a b...

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