DuPage County Paternity Lawyer
Parentage Attorneys Serving Lombard, Bloomingdale, St. Charles, and Naperville
A child's world is very small; parents, grandparents, teachers, and a handful of friends often are the most important people in a child's life. Because of this, it is important to ensure that both parents are able to maintain a relationship with their child. When parents are unmarried, establishing parentage may require legal representation from a paternity lawyer.
Do you believe you are the father of a child? Are you interested in establishing paternity in order to receive visitation or parenting time rights? Do you need to establish paternity for your child in order to secure child support? Contact our DuPage County, Illinois paternity lawyers. Call Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices at 630-932-9100. We offer free initial consultations and evening and Saturday hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we pride ourselves on being approachable, accommodating, and efficient. Legal matters involving children can be particularly stressful, which is why our family law attorneys are committed to providing clients with quality legal representation. We assist our clients with the difficult legal matters that can arise from these paternity questions:
- If a DNA test proves I am a child's father, do I have to pay child support?
- Can I get custody of my child if I believe the mother is unfit to raise him or her?
- If the father of my baby is not my husband, does he have parental rights?
- If I am not married to the mother of my child, how can I be recognized as a legal parent?
If parents are unmarried, they may choose to voluntarily establish a child's paternity at the time of birth by signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) form. If the identity of the child's biological father is in doubt, or if a child's paternity is disputed, legal proceedings may be necessary to establish paternity. In some cases, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services may work with the parents to create an administrative paternity order, or a court hearing may be held in which DNA testing will be ordered, after which a court order of paternity will be issued.
By establishing paternity, this will not only ensure that a child receives financial support from both parents, but it will allow both the mother and the father to have an ongoing relationship with the child. In addition, it will ensure that parents will be able to access the child's family medical history, and it will establish inheritance rights and other benefits for the child.
Contact Our Naperville Family Law Attorneys
Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience. If you want your child to be a part of your life, contact our Chicago metro area family law and parentage lawyers at 630-932-9100.
We offer services for nearly all family law matters. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, our other practice areas include divorce, property and asset division, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody), post-decree modifications, adoption, dissolution of arranged marriages, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Call for a free initial consultation. We offer evening and weekend hours and 5 convenient locations including Lombard, St. Charles, Bloomingdale, Naperville and Chicago.