Saturday 8 August, 2020

Suspicious 'dads’ not taking ‘jacket’ prospects lightly

Some 4,000 paternity tests have been ordered by the family courts across the island within the last two years.

Loop News has acquired statistics from the Court Management Services (CMS) which indicates that large numbers of males have been denying paternity of children who they believe have been foisted on them by women who have claimed that they are the respective fathers.

In the Corporate Area alone, there were 125 orders for DNA paternity tests between January 2018 and October 2019, with 324 applications made by suspicious males over the last three years.

In 2017, 211 applications were made, with 321 in 2018, and 324 between January 1 and October 31, all through the Family Court.

At present there is no law that holds a woman culpable for knowingly naming the wrong man as the father of her child, and matters like those are most likely settled in the Civil Court system.

Court statistics indicate that most applications are filed relative to mothers aged between 20 and 26 year.

The Corporate Area, St Catherine and the western section of the island have generally recorded the highest numbers of DNA paternity requests.

Statistics from a number of surveys done locally over recent times have suggested that a large percentage of Jamaican men who have been named as fathers of children, are in fact not biologically connected to their supposed off-springs.

Also, immigration requirements for some countries, including the United States, stipulate DNA confirmation of paternity, which has led to rude awakenings for some 'dads'.

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