For many Illinoisans, the birth of a child is among the greatest highlights of their lives. But, for certain Illinoisans, the birth of their child is a bittersweet moment — at once happy, yet clouded by uncertainty. That uncertainty can be the fruit of many scenarios. A common one is problems with paternity.
Paternity is important. Resolving parentage benefits mother, father and children. Mothers benefit because establishing paternity paves the way to receiving child-support payments. Fathers benefit because paternity enables them both to enforce their parental rights and to pursue a loving, long-term relationship with their child. Children benefit from the certainty of knowing who their parents are and having a relationship with both.
We help parents who want to establish paternity. We help mothers and fathers file paternity petitions that aim to clear up paternity. If the petition is granted, the next step is a DNA test. If the test confirms parentage, several legal actions come into play (depending on the situation). These include adoption, child support, child custody and visitation and termination of parental rights.
Our law firm has more than 30 years of experience helping mothers and fathers navigate the paternity process. We know how to explain your options so that you choose the right one. And once you have decided what path to pursue, we will use our knowledge and experience to turn that decision into a reality.