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Paternity Is An Extremely Complex Legal Issue Our Attorneys Offer The Representation You Need

Establishing Paternity in Illinois

Why Determining the Father/Child Relationship Is Important

Establishing paternity may not be as cut and dry as it seems, yet it is necessary in resolving important factors such as child support payments or child custody in cases of abuse or neglect. Determining the legal relationship between father and child can help establish who may be responsible for the rights of the child and who can have a say in the child’s well-being.

If you need assistance establishing paternity, call our Hoffman Estates family lawyer at (847) 278-2851.

How Is Paternity Established?

If both parents were not married at the time of their child’s birth, the mother and biological father may be able to fill out a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) if both parents have no doubt as to the identity of the biological father. If either parent is unsure, the state of Illinois may step in to help determine legal paternity.

This process involves:

  • Conducting an interview with the mother
  • The mother reviews and signs paternity documents
  • The alleged father is interviewed and may voluntarily acknowledge paternity
  • If the father does not comply, genetic testing may be used

Should you need assistance determining paternity, Caryl Jacobs Gabe, our experienced family lawyer at the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., can help. Though this is often a sensitive issue for many parents, we take care to listen to your needs and determine a legal plan that can best serve the interests of your family and your child.

Representing Families in Palatine, Hoffman Estates & the Chicago Suburbs Since 1976

Whether you do not know the identity of the father of your child, or if you are an alleged father looking to modify your child support payments, determining paternity may be in your best interest. It is critical to be represented by an experienced paternity lawyer in order to help ensure that your needs are heard.

At the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., we have the legal skills needed to ensure a smooth and successful process. Contact us and fill out a free case evaluation form to get started today.

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