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What do I have to show to get a Utah court to order genetic testing in a paternity action?

In a Utah paternity action, either party to the action may file a motion requesting that the court order genetic testing to determine the parentage of the child.  If adequately supported by a sworn statement by the party, the court is required under Utah Code Ann. 78B-15-502 to order genetic testing.  To be adequate, the sworn statement must either: 1) allege paternity and state facts sufficient to establish a reasonable probability of the "requisite sexual contact" between the mother and purported father; or 2) deny paternity and state facts sufficient to establish a possibility that sexual contact between the mother and purported father, if any, did not result in the conception of the child.

If you are involved in a dispute over the paternity of a child in Utah, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our Utah family law attorneys.


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