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Is he the father? Paternity testing law discussed

BVI News Staff - Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Men currently denying that they are the father of a child might be hauled to court for a paternity test once the Status of Children legislation is enacted.

Paternity and DNA testing requests would also be entertained from wives of men accused of being the father or any other concerned person.

The paternity/DNA discussion was raised on Thursday, April 12 at a public meeting organized by the Law Reform Commission (LRC) to discuss the status of children legislation.

During the discussion held at the Methodist Church Hall, one resident said the whole ‘poke’ children saga is not new to the territory.

“Virgin Islanders don’t need to do a DNA, we can just look at the child and know who they are for,” the resident said.

The conversation became a bit more interesting when the commonly known principle that “married woman’s child is deemed to belong to her husband” was brought up.

LRC Chairman Ray Harris told the gathering: “When a child is born within a marriage it is presumed to be your child, because you are supposed to be doing your work, but I think when this law comes on although there is a presumption you can approach the court and may ask for the court to give directions because you are the laughing stock of the community because everyone knows that is not your child. So you can approach the court for them to give you directions to have the DNA of the child tested and you know what it may turn out to be your child.”

Harris described DNA testing as identifying a barcode and explained that many unique situations arising from paternity challenges would be sorted by this enacted legislation.

It was stated that paternity of children claimed to belong to a person who might have died would also be ascertained via paternity testing using various forms such as exhuming the departed, using a sibling of the deceased or DNA evidence left behind, such as hair. It was also noted that the DNA-related matters will be dealt with in closed court and would not be a public matter.

In the meantime it was noted that there is no known law on the books that provides for court-ordered paternity testing. However, it was said that medical centres such as Eureka offers DNA testing in the territory.

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  1. what a thing
    April 15, 2012
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    I hope they do DNA testing on all those people that came from other place who claimed that BVI men fathered them while they were away working.

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  2. Red
    April 14, 2012
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    Yall need to go on YouTube and type in this…”.Red Grant- Maury” so funny lol

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  3. Anonymous
    April 13, 2012
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    LETS CALL MURRAY SHOW TO THE BVI AND YOU WILL SEE HOW MANY AINT THE RIGHT FATHER.

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  4. Hallmark
    April 13, 2012
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    BVIPost counts on all the revenue they make from all the Fathers Day cards that are mailed…over 150,000 every year! These kids have to try and cover all the possibilities!!

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  5. BVI
    April 13, 2012
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    If you all sleep with one man only, you would not have to worry about taking DNA

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  6. April 13, 2012
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    Interesting discourse! However, the core of fatherhood has to do with men fathering children. Currently, the 1929 Law does not permit men, who are not married to the mothers of their children, the necessary legal rights of fatherhood. That law limits men only to financiaaly support children they father out of wedlock. Too many caring dads have to appear before family court pleading with the legal system to give them minimal visitation rights. That archaic law needs reforming. We are hurting those children and legalizing the absence of fathers in their lives.
    Men should support children born out of wedlock but they also need the legal status of being a parent.

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    • Deh Watcha
      April 14, 2012
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      Thank you.

      I experience that firsthand. When you go to the lawyers they telling you its nothing they can do, try and talk it out, don’t waste your time.

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  7. LOL
    April 13, 2012
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    All you gotta do is call 1800-CHOKE THAT H** lmao (Tyler Perry)

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  8. Broad Mouth
    April 13, 2012
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    I would support such an initiative…Let it be mandatory but have a clause where the father can wavier that mandate if he wants too…Such a law would reduce a lot of the madness that goes on between men and women when it comes to child support!!!

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  9. real talk
    April 13, 2012
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    A WONDER WHO MY FATHER IS? LOL

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  10. hmmm
    April 13, 2012
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    I have no problems with a man wanting a granrantee that a child is his. But I have to say shame on you men. Some of you go out there running around with fast and loose girls(as you like to put it), when they end up pregnant you disown the pregnancy because you figure she is not going to put herself through all that shame. Come on! Rap it Up already! Most of you are fortunate, that its only a child she giving you. Take some responsiblity for your actions. If you don’t want to be caught up in the baby daddy drama, protect yourself. Remember 2 minutes of pleasure can cost 18 years, or doctor bills for the rest of your short life.

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  11. lmao
    April 13, 2012
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    DNA testing is needed in the bvi.. What about the island woman that does be giving our local man thing to drink thru witchcraft to have child blood match another man own when.. the mother of the child fully well known that the child is not the man own that she is giving it too… It have quite a few man in that situation in the BVI…

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    • Online Now Now
      April 13, 2012
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      Of course it does :-?

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      • Diaspora
        April 13, 2012
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        DNA is a common method of determining paternity; it is not absolute but has a high accuracy rate(99.9%). It is an effective that the legal system can use to settle a dispute between a mother and a doubtful father. But it should be limited to settling disputes between a mother and father.

        Further, wives or other persons should not have the right to challenge who the father of a woman’s child. This should be a private issue between the mother and father. To permit others to challenge the paternity of woman’s child, creates the opportunity mischievousness; this is too intrusive.

        What is the role of the court? Is the role of the court to peek into the bedroom activities of citizens? Women and men with multiple sex partners, though not illegal, is dysfunctional, promiscuous, unsafe, or unhealthy behaviour. This behaviour has to be change thru behavioural change, not the dictates of the courts.

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        • Diaspora
          April 13, 2012
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          Not intented as a response to Nonline Now Now

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        • Hmmmmmmm
          April 15, 2012
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          You talking nonesense…children need to know who their biological father is…incase they develop any medical problems in the future…common people this issue is bigger than multiple sex partners, promiscuous, unsafe or unhealthy behaviour.

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    • Biggs
      April 13, 2012
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      What s*** you talking boss? DNA is DNA no damn witchcraft aint changing that. IF the man wasn’t in the p** bareback he name wouldn’t call, it simple. strap up.

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    • peaches
      April 13, 2012
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      What kind of muck is that? I have never heard of such nonsense!

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      • Vincy
        April 14, 2012
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        Hahaha! Tolans know witch craft not dwnisl ppl, so who doin that s*** more than Tolan woman……..

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    • law student
      April 13, 2012
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      What is this obsession Tortola people have with the other islands. You blaming the other islands for everything to the point that it is becoming ridiculous. I wonder how you would feel if the table were turned and you get treated that way. Some of you need to travel and I am not talking about ‘St. Thomas or Puerto Rico’, to experience the world and see how they treat people.

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    • Black man
      April 14, 2012
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      I am a “bvislander” and I’m so sick and tired of you ignorant and stupid bvislanders calling other caribbean people island people. No wonder the whites coming and taking over is place because of you idiots fighting down your fellow black man/woman for simple shit. You don’t hear the white American calling down the English or south African whites. What they do? They work together to conquer us simply because they see themselves as one race and not divided by geographical birth place…besides who give more poke children than bvislanders? And if the bvi women would learn to cook, clean, and romance their men they wouldn’t worry about him going out looking another.

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      • strupes
        April 15, 2012
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        If you look around there are not that many BVIander women married to BVIslander men. Why? We don’t want your lazy a$$. You all are weak, you are not good mates, good fathers and you certainly are not good lovers.

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  12. Yes
    April 13, 2012
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    Some of these ‘bad ting’ bout the place need some measure to keep them a$$ in check. Imagine you and your spouse red in color and the child come out dark as a sea grape……as the Chinese would say, “sum ting wong” :-|

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    • hmmm
      April 13, 2012
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      You have no point at all. I suggest you do a little reading on genetics, maybe you would not go around making stupid comments like that.

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      • Yes
        April 15, 2012
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        I am well aware of genetics moron. In the context of the BVI that is such a “small population” and you usually have a good idea of who messing with who (cause a friend confesses to a friend and then down the gossip grapevine) and a child is the product; when you look at the features it is clear to SEE at times (not all the time). Various main families here carry certain telling characteristics.

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    • Not so simple
      April 13, 2012
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      DNA is much more than physical appearance. Genes go back several generations and are weird (for want of a better word). So a light skinned child to dark parents does not necessarily mean the child does not belong to the man unless you are saying it does not belong to the mother either. IT IS MUCH MORE THAN LOOKS. Do a little research people before posting comments that make us all look like ignorant fools in the BVI.

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      • .....
        April 15, 2012
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        I so agree with you

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      • Yes
        April 15, 2012
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        I understand what you are saying about genetics however skin tone alone is not the only telling signs. Facial features even down to mannerisms. In a small population such as BVI you can really sometimes see things ain’t right. DNA is for certainty and to eleminate any shadow of a doubt!

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    • Biggs
      April 13, 2012
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      LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! @ “dark as a seagrape”…belly buss meh rass hahahahaaaa

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  13. Maury Povich
    April 13, 2012
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    Sorry…you are NOT the father!!

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  14. ooooo
    April 13, 2012
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    i was there..i saw vincent but i didn’t see action man….i dont know what he’s hiding from? or maybe he didn’t like the topic…no wonder he wants to get rid of the law reform commission

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    • ooooo
      April 13, 2012
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      where’s the gang? T2DB, biily b, man down, Real Talk, movements, ray and crank shaft…how come ayo aint harrassing me on this?? cat got ayo tongue or ayo hiding something?

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    • Mel
      April 14, 2012
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      Lol this is funny

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  15. kmt
    April 13, 2012
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    TALK ABOUT ARROGANCE

    “Virgin Islanders don’t need to do a DNA, we can just look at the child and know who they are for,” the resident said.

    This person is nuts. No doubt its a woman talking through her arse

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    • law student
      April 13, 2012
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      lol, that one had me rolling.

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    • ....
      April 13, 2012
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      She is not nuts. Some children who people disown turn out to be the splitting image of them or their relatives. Check it out.

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      • Yes
        April 15, 2012
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        Thank you! When the pen dabbing in ink it ain suppose to the ‘signature’ will come out different from the intended author! :wink: 8)

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  16. hehehehe
    April 13, 2012
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    BVI has the most poke children per capita

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  17. lesson to all
    April 13, 2012
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    It is better to waste 575 dollars for a paternity test than waste or gamble 20,000 t0 50,000 in a lifetime for a child who MAY not be yours

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    • 2 sides
      April 13, 2012
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      I wish the lifetime of a child was so cheap!!

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  18. 33********
    April 13, 2012
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    IT’S TO EXPENSIVE AT EUREKA.

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  19. o
    April 13, 2012
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    these testing should be MANDATORY after the child is born before papers are signed. So that way the mother cant be offended because the man want to be sure.
    Some of them women out there grimy

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    • Pimp
      April 13, 2012
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      1000% agree. Take the test soon as it pop out, lol. These women are shady :twisted:

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    • yep
      April 13, 2012
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      I AGREE with you 110% especially the young girls them…. up & down sleeping with Tom, Dick & Harry and when baby born them looking to see who or which one they can give child to.

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    • Anonymous
      April 13, 2012
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      i so dehind this one i think them sould so so before the man give the child his last name

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  20. devil advocate
    April 13, 2012
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    What about kids born out of wedlock and then the parent marries someone else after the kids were born?

    What about when married women cheat on their husbands and get a child out of wedlock? The woman dies! Should that child have access to the married man’s joint assets with the dead woman?

    It is so funny how everything is being centered around a man getting outside kids. Like women don’t cheat and give men “pork” children all the time!

    This very article begins with “men”.

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  21. Strupes
    April 13, 2012
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    Yall really like to waste money

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    • Guilty
      April 13, 2012
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      You sound like one of them who up and down giving man poke child

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      • good idea
        April 13, 2012
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        For real yo I was here thinking the same thing

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    • good idea
      April 13, 2012
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      That’s not a waste of money at all, this is something that is going on very mich so the VI. Lots of woman live with that secret and deception when they know they have given the child to the wrong man and many don’t even know who the father is. So I think this is a good law and is needed in our territory. I thnak God that i know mines are mines but I’m sorry for the men that have to go through such.

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      • yep
        April 13, 2012
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        And the poor man them aint no any better, so them taking anything. (cat in bag) (LOL)

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      • Strupes
        April 13, 2012
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        But if the court order the Dna… whos gonna pay for it? Aint the Tax payer’s money?!? A man can simply say he don’t have 575 to do a dna test… then the court have to pay for it…. Waste ah Money… My Money

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    • lmao
      April 13, 2012
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      this is definitely coming from a woman, no surprise.

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