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According to Florida law, the court can order a paternity test on its own motion. The court may require the child, mother, and alleged father to submit to scientific tests to show paternity. However, it’s not always necessary for the court to order a test. If no one disputes paternity, then the court will not order a test:

(1) In any proceeding to establish paternity, the court on its own motion may require the child, mother, and alleged fathers to submit to scientific tests that are generally acceptable within the scientific community to show a probability of paternity. The court shall direct that the tests be conducted by a qualified technical laboratory.

See: Florida Statute 742.12

Note: If a mother or father denies paternity, they can request a DNA test. Also, If there’s a dispute about who may be the father of a child, paternity testing is a requirement for someone seeking child support.



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