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McHenry County Paternity Lawyers

Crystal Lake family law attorney

Illinois Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

When the parents of a child are unmarried, the paternity of that child can be in question. Establishing the paternity of a child is essential to resolving child support, medical insurance and expenses, day care, and child parenting time. Under Illinois law, both parents have the right and responsibility to care for their child. At the law firm of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we understand how important and sensitive paternity matters can be. We strive to resolve these matters as efficiently as possible while always working towards the best interest of the child.

Paternity Cases In Illinois

In Illinois, paternity is also called parentage and is subject to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 (750 ILCS 45). Establishing the legal parentage of a child who does not have a "presumed father" can be done by 1) both parents signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) at the hospital when the child is born or after the child is born at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services or 2) through DNA testing. Either parent can file a paternity lawsuit and get a court order for DNA testing if it is not agreed to voluntarily. Even with genetic testing, however, a paternity case may go to trial before a judge. We are experienced in both negotiating and litigating paternity cases and fight to ensure our clients' rights and the rights of their children are protected.

Assisting Mothers And Fathers With Paternity Cases

Our attorneys are experienced in representing both sides of paternity cases. Children are entitled to financial support from both parents under Illinois Law. In order for a mother to pursue child support from the father of her child, a paternity finding must be made by the court. We work with mothers to identify the biological fathers of their children and file for subsequent child support.

Likewise, we work with fathers seeking to prove or disprove paternity. Proving a child's paternity through genetic testing is the first step towards asserting parental rights to parenting time. Disproving paternity can absolve a man of future child support obligations. If the mother of the child does not wish to submit the child for DNA testing, we can get a court order compelling her to do so.

If you are involved in a paternity dispute, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our office is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and we work with clients throughout McHenry County. We offer clients and prospective clients flexible hours and have Spanish-speaking staff on hand to translate when necessary.

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