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State to help with DNA tests

LISA KING, [email protected]

State to help with DNA tests

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IT WILL SOON be much easier to have DNA paternity testing done, according to Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite.

He said DNA testing will be made mandatory where paternity is in dispute, “and where the parents are unable to foot the bill, the Government will do that”.

Brathwaite said the Family Court will come on stream soon and will have islandwide jurisdiction to hear matters related to family arrangements at magisterial and High Court level.

“Custody will be determined by what is the best interest of the child. It is hoped to address inequalities of a father gaining custody since the requirement to prove the unfitness of the mother will be removed,” he said. (LK)

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