Paternity Attorneys in Kane County
Lawyers for Paternity-Related Matters in Elgin, Aurora, and St. Charles
When a child is born out of wedlock, it is important to protect the rights of the child and father through the establishment of legal paternity. Guidelines for establishing paternity and the rights of fathers are set forth in the Illinois Parentage Act.
The knowledgeable team at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., has vast experience in paternity matters and fully understands the applicable state laws. We routinely work with both fathers and mothers in all types of paternity cases and other related areas of family law. No matter what the circumstances may be, our attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of parents and serving the best interests of children.
Establishment of Paternity in Batavia, Geneva, and Elburn
Until paternity is legally recognized, parental rights for a father cannot be assumed. In the state of Illinois paternity may be established in one of three ways:
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP): Both parents may complete a sign a VAP form, which must be witnessed and dated. The VAP form is generally available in the hospital at the time of the child’s birth and may be completed immediately;
- Administrative order of paternity: The state agency responsible for overseeing child support matters may issue an administrative order; or
- Judicial paternity order: A court may, based on presented evidence, enter an Order of Paternity.
In some cases, the paternity of a child may be disputed or uncertain. Such situations may require genetic testing, either on a voluntary basis or by court order. The results of DNA testing may be used to establish paternity in one of the aforementioned ways.
Upon establishment of the legal parent-child relationship, a number of related issues become relevant and may need to be addressed by the parents or the court. Legal paternity requires a father to acknowledge his responsibility for providing financial child support for the child. In addition, while child custody rights or rights to visitation are not automatically conferred with paternity, a legal father is granted the right to seek custody and visitation.
Our attorneys can help clients in all aspects of paternity matters from fathers looking to establish their rights to mothers seeking paternity testing on behalf of their children. We are also able to assist clients with child support enforcement actions and custody or support order modifications.
If you have questions about the process of establishing paternity or are in need of assistance in a paternity-related matter, contact our office today. Call 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our qualified legal professionals. We will review your situation and provide knowledgeable insight on how to best proceed. From our office in Wheaton, we are proud to serve Kane County and the surrounding areas.