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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paternity Tests Before Birth

From the New York Times:

It is an uncomfortable question that, in today’s world, is often asked by expectant mothers who had more than one male partner at the time they became pregnant. Who is the father?

With more than half of births to women under 30 now out of wedlock, it is a question that may arise more often.

Now blood tests are becoming available that can determine paternity as early as the eighth or ninth week of pregnancy, without an invasive procedure that could cause a miscarriage.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Yes but I might add that in Oklahoma Family Court, the judges rarely order DNA testing before the date of birth.

Posted by: Divorce Forms | Jun 28, 2012 1:17:14 PM

I agree with the previous comment; in Louisiana to get a court order for a DNA test prior to birth is likely not going to happen. It will be interesting to see how widely this new testing becomes.

Posted by: Divorce Attorney New Orleans, Louisiana | Jul 8, 2012 1:03:54 PM interesting that in New Orleands family law judges rule much the same way on the issue as Oklahoma family law judges.

Posted by: Divorce Forms | Jul 12, 2012 6:04:54 PM

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