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707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage County | 630-528-0734

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Elmhurst paternity attorney

When a child is born to parents who are not married or who have never been married to one another, this can pose a few problems. In the state of Illinois, a man is only presumed to be the father of a child if he and the mother were married when the child was born, or if they were married within a 300-day period before the child’s birth. If neither of those situations is true, then the parents must go about other ways to establish the paternity of the child. In many cases, before a court will enter an Order of Paternity, they will require that the mother, the alleged father, and the child submit to genetic testing to determine the true biological father of the child.

Genetic Testing Procedure

The organization conducting the genetic testing will be chosen by the court, but a petitioner is also permitted to conduct independent genetic testing if they so choose. A child gets half of their genes from their mother and half of their genes from their father. DNA testing works by comparing the genes of the child with the genes from both parents. The Illinois Paternity Act states that DNA samples can be from blood, bone, hair, or other bodily fluids, though the most common way to gather DNA samples is from a simple swab of the cheek.

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Elmhurst domestic violence restraining order lawyerDomestic violence is an ongoing crisis in Illinois. During a recent 12-month study, more than 65,000 incidents were reported to police, while countless others went unreported. Around 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men across the U.S. have been abused by an intimate partner, and domestic violence hotlines get around 21,000 calls per day nationwide.

If you are a domestic violence victim or face the threat of physical harm, you can pursue effective legal action by filing for an order of protection. If you believe this is necessary for your safety and/or that of your children, contact a skilled family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process.

Illinois Orders of Protection

An order of protection is issued by the court to place restrictions on an abuser or potential abuser. These orders are available to family or household members associated with the accused, including: 

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While the birth of a child is a joyous time, one critical legal matter surfaces almost immediately. The establishment of paternity is necessary for a variety of reasons and can be a contentious procedure in some circumstances. 

When a child’s parents are unmarried or not in a civil union, the father is not automatically designated as the child’s legal parent, even when the parents reside together or plan to marry. The father’s name will not be placed on the child’s birth certificate until paternity is officially established.

To ensure every procedure is followed correctly and that your rights are protected, regardless of the complexity of your situation, you are best served by having a family law attorney handle the legal aspects of your paternity case.

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Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful things a person can experience, but because of the arduous legal path one must travel to get there, it can also be one of the most exhausting. Whether you go through the adoption process with the Illinois Department of children & Family Services (DCFS), work with one of the many adoption agencies in Chicago and the surrounding areas, or plan to adopt a step-child or complete a private adoption with someone you know, you will want to have an experienced adoption lawyer on your side. 

adoption is an intricate legal process, and because of that, it is essential to enlist the services of an adoption attorney . An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal requirements and provide representation throughout the adoption process. In some cases, DCFS provides reimbursement for the legal fees of adoptive parents.

What Does an adoption Lawyer Do? 

A skilled adoption attorney can help ensure there are no mistakes along the way that can add time to an already lengthy process. An adoption law professional will: 

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