What is Paternity and why is it important?
Paternity, legally known as Parentage, establishes a parent-child relationship and with this determination comes certain rights and responsibilities.
If parents are not married, it is necessary to establish paternity in order to define parental rights and responsibilities such as decision-making abilities, child support, child custody and visitation. Whether you are attempting to prove or contest paternity, it is important to have an experienced Chicago paternity lawyer on your side.
Cook County Paternity Lawyers Advocating for You
At Chicago Family Lawyers, Hoffenberg & Block, we provide individualized representation to clients for a wide range of paternity matters. Our attorneys will take the time to learn about your situation and provide honest advice regarding your options. We will guide you through the entire process, from DNA testing to establishing support, visitation, custody and other parental rights. We represent clients seeking to establish or challenge paternity in Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Will County and McHenry County and throughout the Chicagoland area.
Why do I need a Chicago Paternity Lawyer?
When dealing with custody, visitation and other matters involving children, many people incorrectly assume that the courts will always judge in favor of the mother. Courts focus, however, is on the best interests of the child. Every case is determined based on its individual facts and circumstances.
No matter how complex of a legal matter you are facing, our experienced paternity lawyers have the knowledge and skill required to assist you. Whenever possible, we will aim to settle matters through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution. However, we also are strong litigators who will fully advocate for your interests in the courtroom.
Question:I am not sure who the father of my child is. How can a family attorney in Chicago help me?
Answer:A family attorney in Chicago can help you establish paternity, which is the legal determination of who the father of your child is. This can be important for a number of reasons, such as:
- Obtaining child support from the father
- Getting the father’s name on the child’s birth certificate
- Making decisions about the child’s upbringing.
A family attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to establish paternity, such as DNA testing, birth certificates, and affidavits. They can also negotiate a paternity agreement with the father or represent you in court if necessary.