Government Announces DNA Testing to Settle Family Disputes

Feb 25, 2015

The Government has announced new funding through the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) for DNA tests in Court proceedings.

From September 2015, the government has earmarked up to £1million to pay for DNA tests where there are uncertainties about parentage in Court proceedings about children.

Since the reduction of legal aid, which used to cover the costs of such tests, many cases are being delayed because of difficulties of parents being able to afford the test.

The Government is hoping that this new funding will reduce acrimony in family court cases and lead to cases being shorter and less costly.

Research suggests that where a DNA test has been done, parents are more likely to obey a Court Order.

The Government has again stressed that all cases involving children should be resolved quickly and wherever possible outside Court.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with issues involving children. If you would like to talk to us about how this news could affect your situation, please contact one of our family team on 01279 755777.

Zen Thompson

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Zen Thompson

Zen joined Nockolds in 2015 and is a Senior Associate Solicitor and Mediator in our Family Team. Zen has specialised in family cases in Hertfordshire ...

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