An Australian man was ordered to face court to give evidence about the paternity of a child in Norway.
The man is believed to be living in Adelaide and Norwegian authorities suspect he is the father of the child born in 2006.
The Sunnhordland District Court in Norway applied to the South Australian Supreme Court for the man, whom the ABC has chosen not to name, to be subpoenaed to give evidence and a DNA sample.
The application was made under the Hague Convention, a treaty between Australia and several other countries relating to international family law and children.
The Supreme Court in Adelaide was told the man could be compelled to give evidence but not a DNA sample under Australian law.
The court heard Norwegian authorities approached the federal Attorney-General last December but it had taken until May for the matter to progress to court.