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Paternity

Des Plaines, Illinois Paternity Attorney

Advising Clients throughout Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs with Paternity and other Family Law Issues

Establishing paternity, or parentage, is essential to a number of other family law issues, such as child custody, child support, and visitation. Both fathers and mothers have the right to establish a relationship between a child and his or her biological father. At the Law Offices of Scott Rogoff, our Chicago area paternity attorney works with both mothers and fathers who seek to confirm the paternity of the child. If you have questions about the process of establishing paternity, contact our office at (847) 768-2194 to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable Illinois paternity attorney.

Impact of Paternity on Child Custody Proceedings

In child custody proceedings outside of marriage, establishing paternity is essential. Unless paternity is legally established, the father will not be required to contribute any child support. We can help arrange DNA testing to prove paternity, and also move forward with the necessary legal documentation to ensure that paternity is officially registered with the state of Illinois.

Because the Law Offices of Scott Rogoff is a small law firm, our Chicago area paternity attorney works closely with each client in a one-on-one relationship that may not be possible at a larger law firm. Illinois paternity lawyer Scott Rogoff works to educate his clients about the law affecting their case, and to set realistic expectations so that they won’t be taken by surprise.

For a free initial consultation, contact the Law Offices of Scott Rogoff today at (847) 768-2194.

Process of Establishing Paternity

If both the mother and father agree regarding parentage, paternity may be established without going to court by both parties signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity when the child is born. If such a form was not executed by the parties and you are a father who seeks to establish paternity, but the mother disputes paternity, you must file a petition in court to establish paternity and child custody. As part of this process, the court will order the father and child to submit to a DNA test, which has a 99.9% accuracy rate. Once paternity is established, the judge can make decisions regarding child custody, visitation, and child support.

Similarly, if you are a mother who seeks to establish parentage of the biological father, but the father disputes paternity, you must file a petition in court to establish paternity and child support.

Get the Legal Advice You Need

At the Law Offices of Scott D. Rogoff, our knowledgeable Illinois paternity attorney focuses on helping clients who are involved in paternity disputes. Contact our office at (847) 768-2194 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your paternity case.