Paternity is the legal acknowledgement of the parental relationship between a man and a child born to unmarried parents.
For a man who believes he is the father of a child, paternity must be legally established as a prerequisite to obtaining child visitation rights, as well as joint or sole custody of a child. For the mother, paternity must be legally established in order for her to receive child support. These issues are governed by the Illinois Parentage Act in conjunction with several provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Whether you are an unmarried mother or father seeking assistance with child support, custody or visitation issues, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. are experienced in handling all of your paternity-related issues.