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From eternity to paternity

New Law Journal, Summer 2016; Light Blue Law (The Cambridgeshire and District Law Society Newsletter), July 2016; D&DLS Bulletin (Derby & District Law Society), Summer 2016; Hertfordshire Law Society Gazette, July 2016; Suffolk and North Essex Law Society Magazine, June 2016; Norfolk Law, Summer 2016 and Northamptonshire Law Society Bulletin, Summer 2016.

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DNA - the true test of any relationship

New Law Journal, 22nd February 2013; Light Blue Law (The Cambridgeshire and District Law Society Newsletter), Winter 2013; D&DLS Bulletin (Derby & District Law Society), December 2013; Hertfordshire Law Society Gazette, January 2014.

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Surrogacy

Light Blue Law (The Cambridgeshire and District Law Society Newsletter), Winter 2014; Hertfordshire Law Society Gazette, Winter 2014/2015; D&DLS Bulletin (Derby & District Law Society), Jan/Feb 2015; Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Law Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015.

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Three Parent Babies - A sense of self...

Derby & District Law Society Magazine, March 2015.

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Should rapists gain parental responsibility?

Derby & District Law Society Magazine, Spring 2016; Suffolk and North Essex Law Society Magazine, Spring 2016; Norfolk Law, Spring 2016; Northamptonshire Law Society Bulletin, Spring 2016.

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He has his fathers nose...

Derby & District Law Society Magazine, Spring 2016; Suffolk and North Essex Law Society Magazine, Spring 2016; Norfolk Law, Spring 2016; Northamptonshire Law Society Bulletin, Spring 2016.

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Paternity fraud

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Blogs

"Paula" an extraordinary drama from the BBC, - OMG, I cannot wait for Series 2

In over 15 years of delivering paternity tests I thought I had seen it all, but the scriptwriters for the new Belfast based BBC drama have truly excelled themselves with “Paula”.  The story is of a chemistry teacher who gets herself into a pickle with a married PR teacher at the same school.  She tries to end the relationship but into her life comes desperate handyman James with a one night stand and extortion on his mind. He kills in a botched handover and frantically tries to cover his tracks to protect the two women he lives with, each of whom have children but whom he calls his “cousins”. McArthur, or Mac, the incredibly sweet but emotionally vulnerable investigating detective also becomes embroiled with Paula while James is on the run. Paula incarcerates James in a cupboard in her basement and without a hint of emotion, accepts Mac’s invitation for something to eat.  In the final and unexpected “I’m pregnant” scene we are left wondering about the paternity of the biological father…was it the dead PR teacher, the incarcerated James or Mac the detective? 
My money is on the captured James, with the nice guy detective carrying the can…don’t they always?   When the time comes a DNA test will be needed, but in this convoluted and complex situation, this is not without its complications, of which more in my next blog.  Subtle underlying themes filter though the episodes…are the two women really are James’s cousins (so a DNA test to determine if the children are his?) and intriguingly, who is James’s sister that was given away at birth…could this be Paula?  Maybe a sibling DNA test is needed…

Dr Neil Sullivan, General Manager, dadcheckgold.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08s2bqx/paula-series-1-episode-1

Exhuming Dali for a DNA test

A judge in Madrid has ordered that the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali be exhumed for a paternity test.
The claim for a DNA test has been brought by tarot card reader Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, who says her mother had a clandestine affair with the artist in 1955.
As there are no remaining personal effects of Salvador Dali, then exhumation is the only option and DNA testing is likely to be conducted on DNA extracted from the bones. Previous tests conducted on Paris have used skin and hair from a plaster mask, but the DNA test results are not being released. The painter, who died 23rd January 1989 at the age of 85 left an estate which is managed by the Dali Foundation, which is appealing against the judge’s decision for exhumation.
There have been many famous exhumations, sometimes with the intent of DNA testing for paternity or relationship testing, sometimes it is an opportunity to prove the history of the remains (e.g. Jesse James, Christopher Columbus, Richard III) and sometimes it can be to try to prove cause of death, such a suspected poisoning (e.g. Yasser Arafat). Other instances involve exhumation for repatriation, such as Eva Peron “Evita”, about whom the film was made.
DNA testing can reveal fascinating truths from the past, besides the paternity issues from the present. If you are unsure of “who is the dad” or want to discuss other biological relationships such as siblings, grand-parentage, please e-mail sales@thatdnacompany.com, call on 0203 603 1189 or just order online at www.thadnacompany.com. We would be pleased to help you.

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