Declarations of parentage—procedure
Declarations of parentage—procedure

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Declarations of parentage—procedure
  • Making the application
  • Service and evidence
  • Directions and case management
  • Standard orders—declarations
  • Scientific (DNA) tests
  • The effect of a declaration of parentage
  • Steps after the declaration of parentage is made

The procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 8.

Applications for declarations under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 8 are made under the FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 19 procedure—see Practice Note: FPR 2010, Part 19—alternative procedure for applications.

The application is made in Form C63 (Application for declaration of parentage under section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986) and a court fee is payable—see Practice Note: Current court fees in family proceedings. Sufficient copies of the application (and any attached documents) should be sent to the court for service on each of the respondents to the application.

Making the application

The application may be made either:

  1. under FPR 2010 as a free-standing application adopting the FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 19 procedure, or

  2. in existing proceedings where an issue of parentage arises

The applicant must include in the application particulars of every person whose interest may be affected by the proceedings and their relationship to the applicant.

The application for a declaration of parentage must state:

  1. the applicant's full name, gender, date and place of birth, and residential addresses over the last five years except where:

    1. the applicant is the Secretary of State—see: Declarations of parentage—general principles — Declarations of parentage for the purposes of the Child