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Having a child is a great joy and privilege, one that many Illinois residents experience over the years. But, when a baby is born, it is not always easy to know who is responsible for it. In many cases, knowing who the father is can be tricky. Despite this, it can be important to determine paternity.

Determining who the father is, also known as establishing paternity, can help all involved: the mother, the father and the child. It can help the mother in a couple ways. When the mother is not sure who the father is, establishing paternity creates closure. It also helps the mother financially, because she can use the paternity finding to receive child support payments. Establishing paternity helps the father by cementing legal rights and by paving the way towards a relationship with his child. And, establishing paternity helps the child both by facilitating a relationship with the father and by increasing the financial support received.

How can Illinois residents establish paternity? They can file a paternity suit, assuming parentage is in question. If successful, the next step is a simple DNA test. After those results and the identification of the father, each parent will acquire legal rights and obligations that can lead to new issues, and potentially litigation, over adoption, child custody, child support and termination of a parent’s rights.

Our firm has helped many of our clients establish paternity. We know the process and we attempt to guide our clients through it. To learn more about how we can help, check out our website.