Elgin, Illinois Paternity Lawyers
Family Law Attorneys Helping Clients with Parentage in St. Charles, Geneva, and Algonquin
When a couple is unmarried at the time of a childs birth, legal steps must be taken to protect and assert a fathers rights or obligations. This action is known as the establishment of paternity (or parentage). The experienced legal team at Pucci Pirtle is knowledgeable in this sensitive and complex area of law. Our attorneys serve clients in the establishment of paternity and are committed to protecting the best interests of all children involved.
Establishing Paternity in Illinois
When paternity of a child is established, the entire family can benefit. Fathers can seek for the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody rights) or additional parenting time (or visitation) with their child. The child then reaps the benefits of having a potentially healthy relationship with his or her father. The mother can seek financial support (such as child support, veterans benefits, or Social Security), and can receive co-parenting support and assistance from the legal father. Unfortunately, the establishment of paternity is a complex matter, and it must be done under Illinois family law guidelines.
Under Illinois law, legal paternity is established in one of three ways:
- Both parents can acknowledge the fathers paternity by signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) form. Typically done at the time of birth, this form should only be signed if both parents are certain of the paternity.
- An Order of Paternity through the court.
- An Order of Paternity through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
If there is a question or dispute regarding the paternity of a child, genetic testing may be used to achieve certainty. This can be done voluntarily or ordered by the court. Alternatively, genetic paternity testing can be used to dispute paternity allegations or reverse established paternity.
Contact Our Elgin, IL Paternity Lawyers
While their reasons for doing so may be different, both parents have the right to seek the establishment of paternity. Pucci Pirtle can effectively assist you in navigating the process and ensure all legal requirements are fulfilled. Once paternity is established, our attorneys can help you with subsequent family law matters, including allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, or child support.
Our firm provides personalized services for your family law needs. Contact us at 847-426-1866 (Elgin) or 630-945-8807 (St. Charles) to schedule your free initial consultation today. We serve the areas of Huntley, Crystal Lake, Geneva, Algonquin, and all of Kane, DuPage, and McHenry Counties.