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Paternity Test – High Court Battle


Watch any soap opera and you’ll find a storyline featuring a devious mother or child trying to get their hands on a whopping great inheritance or trust fund. In real life however, there are scenarios where questions of paternity do become bitter feuds in the courts. A paternity test is usually required to try and rule on the court case in question.

Paternity Test

One recent trust fund battle was that of two sons and their mother. The mother told a court that her youngest son was not fathered by her husband and therefore was not eligible to have a share of the £300,000 family trust fund. She claimed a friend of hers who agreed to father a child with her was his father and a paternity test would prove that to be the case.

Rights to the Trust Fund

But the alleged father denied he was the father of her youngest son, David. David took his case to the High Court to try and secure his rights to the trust fund. The alleged father had previously refused to take a paternity test to help the court settle the question of paternity but later agreed to take a paternity DNA test to finally settle the court case once and for all.

Paternity Test – Family Fall Out

Although the alleged father is now in his eighties, the mother in her late seventies and the son in question in his thirties, it seems age and time have played no part in softening the paternity battle and that only a DNA test will end the feud.

Settled in Court

Such court cases are not unusual when money comes into play. The emotional fall out of the case however shows that taking a DNA test is more than just about money. It appeared that there were clearly problems and arguments between the mother and her youngest son who she was trying to stop claiming his share of the family trust fund. He said his mother acted in ‘unpredictable’ and ‘manipulative’ ways and was ‘dysfunctional’. When it comes to a paternity test and big sums of money, it seems family feuds only become deeper.

What is a paternity test?

A paternity test works by comparing the DNA profiles of the alleged father and child. A child inherits 50% of his or her genes from the father and the other 50% from the mother. By comparing the DNA profiles of a biological father and child, we will be able to see the genes the child inherited from the father. Biological father and child will share the same genes. If the tested father is not the biological father, DNA analysis will not show these shared genes. For more about paternity testing, visit our frequent questions.