Court Ordered Genetic Testing To Establish Paternity
In a civil action in which paternity is a relevant fact, the court must order the alleged father to submit to genetic testing on the motion of any party. The request for genetic testing must be made within a reasonable time before the hearing, but the court has broad discretion to determine what constitutes a “reasonable” time.
However, you must have “standing” to request a genetic testing. California Family Code § 7541 limits standing to the husband, child, mother, and a “presumed parent.” If you do not fit those categories, then the court will not order genetic testing to establish paternity. You can see the full definition of a “presumed parent” by reviewing California Family Code § 7611.
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