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Children Act 1989

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Paternity tests

89Tests to establish paternity

In section 20 of the [1969 c. 46.] Family Law Reform Act 1969 (power of court to require use of tests to determine paternity), the following subsections shall be inserted after subsection (1)—

(1A)Where—

(a)an application is made for a direction under this section; and

(b)the person whose paternity is in issue is under the age of eighteen when the application is made,

the application shall specify who is to carry out the tests.

(1B)In the case of a direction made on an application to which subsection (1A) applies the court shall—

(a)specify, as the person who is to carry out the tests, the person specified in the application; or

(b)where the court considers that it would be inappropriate to specify that person (whether because to specify him would be incompatible with any provision made by or under regulations made under section 22 of this Act or for any other reason), decline to give the direction applied for.

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