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DNA testing is often sought by parties in parenting or child support disputes where they have doubts about whether they, or the other party, is a biological parent of a child. While biology isn’t the be all and the end all for the purposes of the Family Law Act, it is for the purposes of the Child Support Assessment Act. DNA testing is now cheaper and the outcomes quicker, than ever before. Most DNA testing occurs by the mutual consent of the parties. It is infrequent now for courts to be asked to adjudicate on whether DNA testing should happen.


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