Establishing Parentage & Paternity

Experienced Counsel from Our Chicago Family Attorneys

Because parental responsibilities are so critical in so many different family law cases, establishing paternity is sometimes essential to resolving an issue. Paternity matters can be very emotional and it’s critical for all parties in these cases to have experienced, level-headed counsel that is ready to ensure that their clients’ interests and rights are protected throughout this process.

Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. was founded by Chicago family lawyers from two of the city’s most elite family law firms. Our legal team brings more than 20 years of combined experience in this dynamic practice area and knows what it takes to navigate our clients to a favorable outcome. If you are facing a paternity matter, then we invite you to contact our offices today.

Our team of advocates is ready to speak with you. Call (312) 565-4100 to start the process.

When Paternity Matters

Establishing paternity matters in all family law cases in which the parental rights and responsibilities of the father must be recognized. Sometimes this is because a mother needs her co-parent to pay child support. Other times, a father may be fighting for access to their child.

Paternity plays a significant role in matters concerning:

  • Establishing legal parentage
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Parenting time or visitation
  • Other financial concerns for the child (school, medical expenses, etc.)

How Do I Establish Paternity?

In Illinois, there are two different ways to establish the paternity of the child. The most common way is executing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity at the hospital. These are documents the father signs following the birth of the child that are legally binding and can be referred to later in court if ever needed.

The second is a DNA test. DNA tests can be ordered by the court when there is disagreement between unmarried parties over the parentage of the child. A judge can order these tests to be safely and promptly conducted by a trusted medical professional. Once the results are in, the legal matter can proceed.

Ready to learn more about your paternity options? Our team of Chicago family law attorneys is ready to speak with you. Request a consultation with us today.