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DuPage County fathers rights attorneysUnmarried fathers often assume that an agreement with the mother, and perhaps some financial assistance, will satisfy their desire to be a part of the child’s life. Sadly, this is rarely the case. Relationships break down, and issues along the way may jeopardize a father’s time and say-so in the child’s life. Thankfully, there is a way to protect all your fathers’ rights. Learn more in the following sections, including how an experienced attorney can help.

Legally Establishing a Father’s Rights

Although fathers can sign the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (“VAP”) to have their name placed on the birth certificate, it does not establish the father’s rights to spend time with the child, nor does it give them any decision-making power in the child’s life. Only a judge can provide these rights. As such, fathers are encouraged to seek legal rights over their child, even if their name is on the child’s birth certificate.

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DuPage County paternity and child support attorney, establishing paternity, pay child support, parentage, acknowledging paternityA surprising number of men end up paying child support for children who are not their own, biologically speaking. Establishing paternity has important legal ramifications. It is important that you move quickly and efficiently as there are important determinations for a father who wishes to challenge the paternity of a child.

Establishing Paternity

Paternity is phrase used to describe a legal relationship between a father and his child. In cases where parents were not married at the time the child was born, the father in the eyes of the court is regarded as the alleged father. An alleged father has not yet established a legal relationship with his child. The alleged father cannot be named on the child’s birth certificate until legal paternity has been established.

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DuPage County family law attorney, Voluntary Acknowledgement of PaternityOn its face, the Illinois Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) seems like a simple form. It requires basic information about the mother, the child, the person asserting parentage, and other details. The benefit of using a VAP is that paternity is established without having to go to court. However, it is critical that you know the legal implications of executing the form—no matter what position you are in as a parent.

Before you consider this method of establishing paternity and sign the VAP, make sure you talk to a qualified Illinois parentage attorney to fully understand your rights and obligations.

VAP Basics

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DuPage County family law attorneys, establishing paternityIllinois law takes a child’s well-being very seriously, specifically recognizing the right of every child to the physical, emotional, and financial support of both parents—regardless of whether they are unwed, married, divorced, or adoptive.

As many of today’s parents never marry, these different types of support are not as clear-cut as they are when the couple shares a household. Parentage, often termed “paternity,” comes into play in these situations. Both the mother and the father of the child have rights and responsibilities under the law. However, before they attach, it is necessary to legally establish paternity. There are three primary ways of addressing parentage in Illinois.

Legal Presumption

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b2ap3_thumbnail_establish-paternity-DuPage-county.jpgWhen a woman gives birth, she may or may not know who is the father of the child. Even if the mother knows who the father of the child is, the father may dispute this. Further, the law makes assumptions about the paternity of the child in some cases and if this is not correct, then legal action may need to be taken to set the record straight.

No matter what the situation is, it is extremely beneficial to the child to make sure that paternity is established at some point. If you have questions about the paternity process, or need help establishing paternity, you should contact a knowledgeable paternity lawyer to help you with the process.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

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