Unmarried parents face many of the same challenges that married parents do, and a breakup can bring up some of the same issues as divorce. Many parents wish to establish parenting and support orders before a breakup occurs, of course, while others will not have had the opportunity to do so. In either case, the legal basis for an unmarried father's parental rights and responsibilities is legal paternity.
The Illinois family law attorneys of Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., have more than 45 years of combined experience handling these cases with compassion and dedication to results.
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Paternity and DNA Tests
The most common method of establishing an unmarried man's paternity is to have him acknowledge that the child is his and sign the appropriate paperwork. In some cases, the father may request a DNA test first. In others, a DNA test may be required by the court in order to put everything into motion.
Establishing paternity establishes the father's right to be a part of the child's life, as well as the right of the mother to collect child support. These rights go hand in hand, and one cannot be separated from the other.
Establishing Paternity Is the First Step to Parental Rights and Responsibilities
After paternity is established, there will be more work that needs to be done. Parental responsibilities and parenting time (formerly known as child custody and visitation) will need to be allocated, child support will need to be calculated, and other issues may arise over time.
We cover all aspects of paternity cases, such as:
- Allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody arrangements) and parenting time (visitation)
- Determination of child support
- Resolving domestic violence
- Changing parenting and support orders when circumstances change substantially
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Contact us online to set up a free consultation with our caring and knowledgeable paternity lawyers. Or, call our main office in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove at 847-459-4448 or our secondary office in Libertyville at 847-281-0200. We serve clients throughout greater Chicago.