Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 8.1
Uniform Parentage Act

Article 6
Genetic Parentage

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-8.1-609

§ 15-8.1-609. Costs of genetic testing.

(a) The costs of initial genetic testing shall be paid:

(1) By the office of child support services in a proceeding in which the office is providing services, if the office requests such testing;

(2) As agreed by the parties or, if the parties cannot agree, by the individual who made the request for genetic testing; or

(3) As ordered by the court.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, an individual who challenges a presumption, acknowledgment, or admission of parentage shall bear the cost for any genetic testing requested by such individual.

(c) In cases in which the payment for the costs of initial genetic testing is advanced pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the office of child support services may seek reimbursement from the genetic parent whose parent-child relationship is established.

History of Section.
P.L. 2020, ch. 59, § 2; P.L. 2020, ch. 60, § 2.