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Requirements for genetic testing in Georgia paternity cases

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Georgia law has several requirements for genetic testing performed in paternity cases:

(1) Tests must be conducted by a laboratory certified by the American Association of Blood Banks.
(2) Genetic testing must be done as soon as medically possible after the birth of the child (in cases where paternity action is initiated prior to the child’s birth).
(3) Tests must be performed by a duly qualified licensed practicing physician, duly qualified immunologist, or other qualified person (as determined by the court).
(4) The results shall be made to all interested parties as soon as available.

OCGA §19-7-45.

Types of paternity testing include, but are not limited to, “red cell antigen, human leucocyte antigen (HLA), red cell enzyme, and serum protein electrophoresis tests or testing bydeoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) probes.” OCGA §19-7-46(b).

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