Establishing Parentage/Paternity Rights in Cook and DuPage Counties
Unmarried parents of minor children are entitled to many of the same rights as divorced parents with respect to the care and custody of their children. They can seek to obtain child custody, collect child support, and ask for visitation rights. The court must first establish the identity of the child’s father before awarding a party any of these rights.
Determining Parentage in Illinois
In Illinois, Parentage/Paternity is established in three ways:
Establishing Parentage/Paternity Guarantees the Rights of Both Parents
A mother most often brings a Parentage/Paternity suit to secure child support payments. If Parentage/Paternity is successfully established, the father can assert his rights to custody and visitation with the child. The mother cannot deprive him of having a relationship with the child based upon non-payment of child support. Even the child can bring a suit to establish Parentage/Paternity any time while the child is a minor. The presumed father must undergo a DNA test to challenge a Parentage/Paternity claim.
Parentage/Paternity lawyer Miriam Cooper represents mothers, fathers and children in Parentage/Paternity actions in Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Wheaton, Schaumburg, and Chicago.
If you were not married when your child was born, you will need to establish Parentage/Paternity before asking the court for child support, child custody, or visitation rights. The lawyers at the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates assist you to establish Parentage/Paternity in Chicago and the surrounding areas, including Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights and DuPage County. For a free office consultation to learn your rights, contact our Parentage/Paternity lawyers today at 847-995-8800.
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