Methods Of Establishing Paternity in Illinois
There are several ways to establish paternity under Illinois parentage laws. First, if two people are married when a child is conceived and/or born, the husband is presumed to be the legal father and must not make any additional showing to have legal parental rights. If two parents are not married, however, there must be additional steps taken to legally establish paternity. These steps can include:
The Importance Of Establishing Legal Paternity
Establishing legal paternity can be highly important for unmarried parents and their child. First, a father may want to establish paternity because he would like to pursue custody and/or visitation rights to develop a meaningful relationship with his child. Without a legal paternity determination, an unmarried father can have no such legal rights to either spend time with their child or to contribute to important decisions in their life. A mother may want to establish legal paternity to receive child support payments from the legal father. She cannot collect such payments without first establishing paternity.
Call An Experienced Illinois Paternity Attorney Today
Many things can occur to delay or affect the results of a paternity case, so it is imperative that you have an experienced paternity lawyer representing your rights and interests throughout every step of the process. At the Casement Group, P.C., not only do we have the knowledge and skill to represent you in a paternity action, but we can then represent you in any child custody or child support cases that often follow a paternity case. We can provide a variety of family law services in Elgin, IL and the surrounding areas, so please call our office for help at (847) 888-9300 today for more information.