The importance of both parents being involved in a child's life is increasingly acknowledged by Illinois courts. Our experienced family law attorneys at the Andrew Cores Family Law Group understand the seriousness of paternity cases and how legal issues can be managed through a difficult time to benefit the child involved in the paternity dispute. Depending on your situation, you have lots of things to consider. Here are three things you should know about paternity in Dupage County.
Paternity Tests in Illinois
If either the mother or the father of a child files a paternity lawsuit, the court will often set up a DNA test for the parties to determine the child's parentage.
It is normally advised to get a DNA test done before determining parenting time, child support, and other matters if there is doubt regarding who the biological father is. This is because, even in circumstances when the alleged father later finds they are not the biological father, it is highly rare for an Illinois court to revoke a prior judgment agreeing to paternity.
A Father’s Rights in Paternity Cases
Paternity is presumed when a married couple has a baby. However, if the parents are unmarried, they will need to establish paternity. To secure your right to participate in your child's life, you must first legitimize your claim to being the child's biological father. Once paternity is established, parents can create a parenting plan describing the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time.
Our attorneys can also assist you in defending your rights if a paternity case has been brought against you despite your disbelief that you are not the child's biological father. We can help you obtain a court-ordered DNA test to determine whether you are a child's father and defend you in court.
Child Support in Illinois
In paternity proceedings, fathers must also take important child support factors into account. A father must first demonstrate parentage with the court if he wants to establish child support for a child born outside of wedlock.
Contact a Wheaton, IL Paternity Attorney for Legal Assistance
If you need assistance with paternity issues, contact a DuPage County family law attorney who will advocate for you and protect your parental rights. Call Andrew Cores Family Law Group at 630-871-1002 to schedule your free consultation to learn your legal rights and your best options.