There are many reasons to establish paternity in Cook County, from the emotional needs of a child to situations in which a parent denies parentage in order to avoid contributing to the child support obligation. The Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 (750 ILCS 46/) governs most matters concerning paternity in Cook County and throughout the state.
If you need assistance with a paternity case, you should learn more about your options from a dedicated Cook County paternity attorney. At Arami Law Office, we have years of experience assisting clients in Cook County with a wide variety of family law matters, and we can speak with you today about your case.
In Illinois, paternity is defined as the legal relationship between a child and his or her father.
The process for determining paternity or parentage is taken extremely seriously in Cook County. According to the Act, the state recognizes that every child has a right to the physical, mental, emotional, and financial support of both parents. The Act emphasizes that this parent-child relationship the support the parents owe their children applies equally to all parent and all children, regardless of whether the parents are married or the age of the child.
In other words, Illinois emphasizes that every child has a right to a parent-child relationship, and to have clear information about paternity and parentage.
Sometimes there is a presumption of paternity, and there is no need to file a lawsuit in order to establish paternity. More specifically, when the child’s mother either was married or in a civil union at the time of the child’s birth, or if the mother was married or in a civil union within 300 days of the child’s birth, then the mother’s partner is presumed to be the child’s father.
When there is no presumption of paternity, the mother or the child may need to file a lawsuit to establish paternity.
How can a person establish paternity under Illinois law? Generally speaking, there are three different ways to establish paternity in the state:
Many parents do complete the VAP form immediately after childbirth at the hospital, and this form is sufficient to designate the child’s legal father.
There are many reasons to establish paternity for a child, including but not limited to:
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