nys paternity testing laws

As we currently understand it, there are no specific paternity testing laws. Instead, there are paternity establishment laws in New York State.

What you need to know about Paternity Testing

When it comes to legal paternity testing in New York State there are a few things you need to know in order to remain compliant with the New York State Department of Health guidelines. The most important thing you need to know is, that all DNA relationship testing services performed within the state require one of the following instruments.

1. A court order from a judge.

2. A prescription referral from an NYS licensed doctor.

3. A letter from an NYS licensed attorney.

Currently, As we understand it. There are no specific DNA testing laws in New York State that dictate the paternity testing process. What New York does have are guidelines that the NYSDOH has issued to labs that are accredited by NYSDOH. It is important to note that paternity laws should not be confused with paternity testing. A paternity test is an instrument that can be used when a mother or an alleged father wants to establish paternity.

According to Findlaw.com, Paternity Law involves the legal recognition of a child’s biological father, typically established through genetic testing. For example, when a child’s paternity is in question or denied by the father, the mother may file a paternity suit against the alleged father to obtain child support.

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