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Free DNA tests being piloted to speed up paternity disputes

Simon Hughes seeks to avoid lengthy legal arguments

The Guardian reports that the Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced that free DNA tests are being piloted in Taunton and Bristol as part of an initiative to speed up the resolution of disputes as to the paternity of children.

Simon Hughes said:

"We are funding DNA tests which will sort out the problem about who the father is rather than having three days of legal argument."

Mr Hughes, who was speaking at a conference in London, proposed that all children over the age of 10 should be allowed to participate in separation cases so that their views might be taken into account.

The Guardian report is here.