Press release / DNA company tests positive for cheaper family court battles
Press release issued on behalf of DNA Legal, a DNA and toxicology testing company based in Frome, Somerset
DNA company tests positive for cheaper family courtroom battles
A Frome company has helped to reform the cost of family court proceedings in England.
DNA Legal provides the most accurate testing in the country. The company was called upon by the Ministry of Justice to provide results for a regional trial designed to check the impact of DNA tests on divorce cases.
Testing began in Bristol, Gloucester and Taunton in June last year, which proved successful in reducing the length and cost of family court proceedings.
The accuracy of DNA test results involved in each meant more confidence in the decisions made about children and, that parents were more likely to follow the courts’ orders.
The success of these trials has resulted in a significant change to family court proceedings in England. From September this year, DNA tests will be available for all judges in family cases, to determine a child’s parentage.
The results of a DNA test can significantly reduce the length of court battles for families, in providing conclusive and non disputable evidence, explained David Nicholson, director of DNA Legal, based in Commerce Park.
“This announcement is good news for families.
“Previously, the added cost of DNA testing within court proceedings provided a barrier for many – and delay in reaching a verdict. The introduction of this as a more standard procedure within family court cases represents a great deal of progression.
“Put simply, DNA testing offers families a point of truth.
”There may be genuine reasons behind family disputes over paternity, but without a conclusive test in court proceedings, high running emotions from those involved often lead to upsetting and costly legal cases.
“Our DNA testing service is completely secure, accurate and fast – meaning we’re used by and trusted by thousands of solicitors across the UK.”
The regional pilots were funded by the Ministry of Justice and administered by the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service. The administration of the testing process was supported by a third party, Oxfordshire Family Mediation. The tests were conducted by DNA Legal.
DNA Legal is the brand name for Eurofins Medigenomix Forensic and DNA Worldwide Group. Operating as the UK’s leading testing provider, DNA Legal offers an unrivalled level of detail, combined with true care and support for all involved parties.
Notes to editors:
Within the three-month regional pilots, DNA tests were conducted in family court cases to determine paternity – and in around one in four cases, for drug and alcohol testing.
These pilots were also used to explore the need for a similar ruling for the testing of alcohol and drugs in family court cases across England – for which testing continues.
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