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What Rights Does the Father of a Child Have Under Illinois Law When the Parents Have Never Been Married?

DuPage County Family Law Lawyers Help Take Action on Father's Rights

The quick and easy answer to this question is that until a parentage case has been filed, unmarried fathers actually do not have rights over their children. At Davi Law Group, LLC, we can help get this process started so that you can take action and secure your rights as a father to your child or children.

A parentage case has to be filed in order for you to legally be given parenting time with your child or children. Parenting time is what was previously called visitation. You, as the father, must take action in going to court to gain those rights. The good news is that upon filing a parentage action, this will kick off the process that will eventually give you certain rights as a father.

The prime goal of these parenting cases is to begin what is called an allocation judgment and parenting plan. This document that will be written over the proceedings will specify both you and the other parent, your rights, and responsibilities to the child in detail. This is also where a schedule will be attempted in figuring out parenting time for both parties. If you and the other parent cannot approach agreeable terms to this parenting play, the court will be given the decision. The judge will be given all of the testimony and evidence to reach the conclusion. This judge will try to find out what is best for the child.

Contact Our DuPage County Family Law Attorneys

After the final judgment has been signed and officially entered into records, it will become a court order and is enforceable. This is how you establish your rights to be the father to your child. Please contact us at (630)-580-6373 to set up a consultation with one of our team members at Davi Law Group, LLC. We will assist you in taking the first steps into action so that you can be legally involved in your child's life.

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Warrenville Office
Address28371 Davis Parkway
Suite 103
Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone(630) 657-5052
Fax(888) 350-9195
Wheaton Office
Address1776 S. Naperville Road
Building A, Suite 105
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone(630) 580-6373
Fax(888) 350-9195
Chicago Office
Address321 N. Clark Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone(312) 985-5676
Fax(888) 350-9195
Joliet Office
Address58 N. Chicago Street
7th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone(815) 582-4901
Fax(888) 350-9195
Davi Law Group, LLC handles family law, estate planning and real estate matters for clients in Chicago and throughout the western suburbs including DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, Kendall County and Cook County and the cities of Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Joliet, Kendall County, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Park, Oak Brook, Oswego, Park Ridge, Roselle, St. Charles, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Woodridge and Yorkville, Illinois.
Warrenville Office
Address28371 Davis Parkway, Suite 103, Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone(630) 657-5052
Fax(888) 350-9195
Wheaton Office
Address1776 S. Naperville Road, Building A, Suite 105, Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone(630) 580-6373
Fax(888) 350-9195
Chicago Office
Address321 N. Clark Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone(312) 985-5676
Fax(888) 350-9195
Joliet Office
Address58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor,
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone(815) 582-4901
Fax(888) 350-9195
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