Are you interested in asserting paternity? If so, there’s a good chance that you fall into one of these two categories:
— You are an unmarried father and you want to have a relationship with your child.
— You are the unmarried mother of a child and are interested in having the father share in the many responsibilities associated with raising the child.
In the state of Illinois, establishing paternity is required in order to obtain visitation privileges or custodial rights.
While not always necessary, there are times when DNA testing is required in order to establish paternity. Some of the other ways to establish paternity include:
— When both parties agree in regards to who is the father.
— In the event that the man is married to the child’s mother at the time the baby was conceived or born.
— By requesting your name appear on the birth certificate.
— By obtaining an order of paternity from the Illinois Department of Public Aid.
With so many options for establishing paternity, it’s easy to believe that this can be a quick and efficient process. While this may be true when both individuals cooperate, this isn’t always the way things work.
At our law firm, we understand the many challenges associated with establishing paternity. This is why we provide services ranging from arranging for testing to managing the many forms to presenting the necessary information in court.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding paternal rights, it’s imperative to learn more as a means of avoiding future complications.