Legally Establishing Paternity

Compassionate & Effective Illinois Family Lawyers

There are a number of different legal reasons why you may be interested in establishing paternity. Generally, a court order may be issued to establish paternity in order to enforce child support payments, child custody and visitation rights, or other parental rights. In cases of unmarried parents, the father in question who has been asked to pay child support or care for the child may want to prove that he is not the parent. Whatever the reason may be that has brought you here, you can count on the Illinois divorce attorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. to help. We are a well-established and experienced firm serving clients throughout Illinois.

Fathers have the same rights which mothers have under the law and if paternity is in question, it may seem simple enough to just take a test. However, there are many complications involved in the process of establishing paternity in order to gain or remove legal access to child custody and parental rights. Our firm is here to help you in any way we can, with a number of different convenient locations throughout the area: Oak Park, Downers Grove, Mokena, Joliet, Aurora, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, St. Charles, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Schaumburg, and Chicago Loop.

Establishing paternity through testing may be used to pursue parental rights such as:

  • Putting a custody agreement in place
  • Making decisions regarding the child
  • Attempting to stop the other parent from relocating
  • Pursuing modification to existing orders

Quality Representation for Your Paternity Case

We understand how important it is to not only protect your rights as a parent, but also to ensure that your child is provided for. Our firm is here to help you establish paternity through a DNA test or a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity. We fully acknowledge that this is a touchy subject and you can rely on us to handle your case with the utmost respect and discretion. Our legal team is dedicated to using our familiarity and knowledge of the legal processes involved to help protect father's rights and paternity. Throughout the time we have been in practice, we have helped many families to establish paternity and gain the appropriate access to their child.

Would you like to make an appointment for a case consultation? Please call us today:

  • Cook County or Lake County: (888) 351-2843
  • DuPage, Kane or Kendall County: (888) 339-4162
  • Will, Kankakee, Grundy or South Cook County: (888) 303-1846