Chicago Paternity Lawyers
Establish & Prove Paternity in Chicagoland
Paternity is the legal acknowledgment 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, as well as other family law and divorce matters.
Discuss your case with us today by calling (312) 487-2795 or contacting us online.
Whether you are pursuing a paternity case as a mother or a father, the court will likely facilitate a DNA test to confirm who is the father of the child. It is highly recommended that you complete a DNA test before legally establishing paternity. Courts in Illinois are unlikely to overturn an existing paternity order even if the alleged father later finds out he may not be the biological father.
Retroactive Child Support
If a child is under two years old, a court has the right to order a biological father to pay retroactive child support to the mother. This child support covers the cost of raising the child up to that point plus birthing, hospital, and medical costs.
Handling Paternity Cases with Compassion
Paternity cases can be extremely sensitive and emotional. Having a knowledgeable Chicago paternity attorney by your side throughout the process can help ensure that your rights are protected and that the resolution is fair and favorable.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we are committed to representing our clients with respect and compassion because we understand they are likely going through a tough time. At the same time, we remain aggressive and vigilant to ensure that your case is handled professionally.
Call (312) 487-2795 or complete our online contact form for a free 20-minute consultation.