Court Ordered Paternity Test Results

What is a court ordered paternity test?

A court-ordered paternity test (DNA test) is a genetic test that a Judge or Magistrate issues for both an alleged father and mother to establish the paternity of a child in question.

When should a DNA paternity test be performed?

Paternity testing is performed when alleged father questions the paternity of child he initially believed to be biologically related to himself. Other times a DNA test is performed when the biological father is not on his child’s birth certificate.

How to get a court ordered genetic test?

In order to obtain a court order for a paternity test, you will need to file a petition with the Family Court Judge in your city or state. However, legal procedures may vary by city and state. Please check with your city’s local Family Court to inquire about their protocol.

It should also be noted, this option is typically only available to unmarried couples. Both the alleged father, mother of the child, legal guardians of a child and state agencies are eligible to file a paternity petition with the court

How long does a court-ordered paternity test results take?

Court-ordered paternity tests have average of 6 to 8 weeks. Please keep in mind that each jurisdiction (city or state) turnaround times are different.

Are court ordered paternity tests free?

No. When a Family Court Judge orders paternity test be performed. The costs are covered by the alleged father (defendant) sometimes by the mother.

There are instances if the both alleged father and mother are financially unable to pay the cost of a DNA test. The Judge may opt to have the state pay for your paternity test. Please note, if the state pays for your DNA test. The state will require you to reimburse the state.

How long does it take to establish paternity?

The duration to establish paternity can vary greatly depending on several factors such as the cooperation of both parties, the method used to establish paternity, and legal proceedings if involved. If both parents are cooperative, a paternity test can be done and results can be obtained usually within a week or two.

However, if legal proceedings are involved, it can take several months to a year or more. It’s best to consult with a legal professional for advice based on individual circumstances.

The timeframe for establishing paternity can differ substantially based on numerous factors, including the willingness of both parties to cooperate, the procedure used to determine paternity, and any legal procedures that may be necessary. If both parents are agreeable, a paternity test can be conducted and results are typically ready within 2 to 3 business day.

However, if a petition to establish paternity is needed and legal proceedings get involved, the process can extend over several months or even more than a year. For advice tailored to individual situations, it’s advisable to seek counsel from a legal professional.