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Establishing Paternity in Illinois

If you are a mother looking to establish a paternity claim for your child, it is important to act as soon after the birth of your child as possible.  Paternity is critical in establishing child support payments that you may need to meet the living expenses of your child.  If you think you may be the father of a child, you need to establish paternity in order to obtain parenting time (visitation) and decision-making authority.  If you doubt that you are the father of a child born into your marriage, you may face substantial legal obstacles if you want to avoid supporting the child.

With fatherhood comes rights and obligations.  Once established, paternity, also known as parentage under Illinois law, means that the father has the right to see the child and become meaningfully involved in the child’s life.  Regardless of whether the father chooses to exercise his parenting time, he is still obligated to support the child under Illinois law.

Goodman Law Firm Can Help

When there is an issue of paternity, important questions must be answered in order to protect the rights and interests of all concerned. At Goodman Law Firm, we help clients in Oak Brook, Wheaton, Chicago and in Cook and DuPage counties establish and defend paternity claims, as well as resolve related matters such as child support obligations.

If you are looking for an experienced family law litigator in Oak Brook, Naperville, Wheaton, or Chicago, contact us today to request a paternity consultation.

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