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The Child Support(Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Reference to court for declaration of parentage

28.—(1) Where—

(a)a child support officer is considering whether to make a maintenance assessment with respect to a person who is alleged to be a parent of the child, or one of the children, in question (“the alleged parent”);

(b)the alleged parent denies that he is one of the child’s parents; and

(c)the child support officer is not satisfied that the case falls within one of those set out in Article 27(2),

the Department or the person with care may apply to a court of summary jurisdiction for a declaration as to whether or not the alleged parent is one of the child’s parents.

(2) If, on hearing any application under paragraph (1), the court is satisfied that the alleged parent is, or is not, a parent of the child in question it shall make a declaration to that effect.

(3) A declaration under this Article shall have effect only for the purposes of this Order.

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