The New South Wales Supreme Court has considered a request for DNA testing to determine the paternity of a child inAttorney-General in and for the State of New South Wales; ex parte Thomas Hollins  NSWSC 622.
The child was born in Prague, Croatia. The child’s mother commenced a paternity suit against Mr Hollins (who lives in New South Wales) in the District Court in Prague. The District Court made a request for judicial assistance pursuant to the Hague Convention of 18 March on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.
In the judgment delivered on 10 May 2016, Mr Hollins was ordered to provide DNA samples for testing. The judge cited Mr Hollins’ refusal to pay child support on the grounds that he did not believe he was the child’s father and the public policy interest that children should be able to know who their father is.
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