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Importance of Legal Paternity in Cook County

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.

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Guidelines for Establishing Paternity in Illinois

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.

Steps to Establish Paternity


  • 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 Hoffman Estates paternity attorney at the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., can help. Though this is often a sensitive issue for many parents, our Cook County firm will take care to listen to your needs and determine a legal plan that can best serve the interests of your family and your child.

Fathers' Rights and Paternity in Illinois 

At Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., we understand the importance of establishing paternity for fathers. Whether you are seeking to establish your rights as a father or challenging a paternity claim, our experienced Hoffman Estates paternity lawyers are here to help.

When you establish paternity, you gain legal rights and responsibilities as a father, including:

  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • The ability to make decisions regarding your child's upbringing
  • The right to be involved in important decisions regarding your child's education, healthcare, and religious upbringing
  • The right to seek child support

Our dedicated team will guide you through the process of establishing paternity in Illinois, ensuring that your rights as a father are protected. We have been representing families and have the knowledge and experience to handle even the most complex paternity cases.

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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 Hoffman Estates and Palatine, 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. Reach Out for a Free Paternity Consultation Today

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