Illinois Paternity Attorney

Dedicated Family Law Representation

Receiving a legal recognition of fatherhood can help benefit the mother, father and child. A mother may find closure and become eligible for child support payments. The father can establish a loving relationship with his child and get parental rights. Everyone can help ensure that his or her legal rights are recognized and protected.

I am Karen M. Lavin, an Illinois paternity lawyer, and I can help both mothers and fathers with their paternity matters. With more than 30 years of family law experience, I can help explain all of your legal options and will be there to help guide you through the entire process.

Establishing Paternity

Either a mother or a father can file a paternity suit if there is a question concerning the parentage of a child. If a petition is granted, a simple DNA test can be performed to determine who the father of the child is. Once the results are in and the identity of the father is established, actions can be taken to enforce all relevant rights and legal obligations, including:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Adoption
  • Termination of parental rights

As a Crystal Lake family law attorney, I can help you begin a paternity suit or guide you through the process if you have been served with a suit. I am dedicated to helping preserve and protect all of your legal rights when it comes to matters involving paternity.

Call for a Free Consultation With a Crystal Lake Child Custody Lawyer

Whether you are a mother or a father, I am prepared to help you with any matter concerning the identity of a child's parent. Contact me, an Illinois paternity attorney, online or call 815-261-4894 for a complimentary 30-minute consultation at my Crystal Lake law office.