Where a couple was not married at the time the mother gave birth to a child, or any time where there is a question as to whom the biological father of a child is, a Chicago paternity action may be necessary. A paternity action brought in Illinois can:
Whether you are a mother seeking to establish the paternity or you are alleged to be the father of a child, the skilled Illinois paternity attorneys from Arami Law are here to assist you in achieving your objectives.
Only a child’s mother, a man who believes he is the biological father of a child, or the child him- or herself can file a petition asking a court to determine paternity. When a court determines paternity, it establishes who is the legal father of the child. The legal father has parental rights and responsibilities including the right to parenting time, the right to petition for custody of the child, and the responsibility to support his child. The legal father may or may not be the same man as the child’s biological father.
A man is a child’s legal father if:
The law does not require that you hire an attorney to file a petition to determine paternity; however, having experienced legal representation may be in your best interest if:
Additionally, a determination of paternity can permanently affect your legal rights and responsibilities. A dedicated Chicago paternity lawyer from Arami Law is able to analyze your situation, help you understand the potential legal ramifications of a paternity determination, and guide you every step of the way. If a child’s mother accuses you of being the father of a child when in fact you are not, we can help you defend against such an accusation and protect your legal interests. Contact Arami Law at (312) 212-1399 or contact us online for help with your Illinois paternity action.
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