At Johnson and Johnson, we have helped many Illinois fathers pursue their parental rights. We understand how difficult it can be to be isolated from your child. As such, we work hard to ensure that you receive the visitations and custody time to which you are entitled. However, we also appreciate that paternity is a complicated legal issue. Prior to pursuing paternity, we make sure that our clients fully understand the consequences of taking such action.
For Belleville parents that are currently receiving child support from an ex-spouse, those payments are typically vital to meeting the expenses needed to support both the children and the home. Thus, when payments are missed, the court allows those agencies tasked with collecting them a number of freedoms in attempting to collect delinquent payments, including the garnishment of income tax returns.
Given that the legal establishment of paternity plays a major role in Illinois family law arrangements like child custody and child support, it is important that the identification of the child’s biological father is correct. If paternity was mistakenly assigned for your child, or you wish to challenge the assumption that you are the biological father, there are several factors that you should keep in mind.
The legal establishment of child support arrangements does not necessarily prohibit changes from being made in the future. Illinois state and federal family law guidelines account for changes in income and other factors that can impact child support payments. Consequently, it is important for custodial and noncustodial parents alike to be aware of when and how their case may be subject to child support modification.
There are many circumstances under which it may be necessary to establish or amend conservatorship or guardianship arrangements in your family. For instance, the sudden death of a family member or suspicions of negligence may prompt you to pursue legal custody of the minor child or vulnerable adult family member. That is why we here at Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, are committed to informing our clients about their family law rights and responsibilities in such cases.