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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

1100 Lake Street, Suite 120, Oak Park, IL 60301

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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Elmhurst Paternity Attorneys

Hinsdale Paternity and Parentage Lawyers

Lawyers in DuPage County for Parentage Concerns

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we believe that there is nothing more important than family. Relationships between parents, children, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and other family members can offer security that lasts a lifetime. Unfortunately, establishing a parent-child relationship is not always easy, especially when there is uncertainty about the biological link between the parent and child. Our attorneys work closely with both mothers and fathers facing challenges related to legal paternity and parentage.

Illinois Parentage Laws

When a married mother has a child, Illinois law presumes the woman's spouse to be the child's other legal parent. This presumption applies to a spouse of either gender. When a woman who is not married gives birth to a child, the situation can become much more complicated, and establishing parentage or paternity requires some additional steps. In some cases, establishing legal paternity can be as simple as completing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity with the mother of the child. In other cases, however, an administrative or court order may be necessary.

Oak Brook Attorneys Helping Clients With Paternity Disputes

Under the law in Illinois, a man does not have any rights or responsibilities regarding a child unless legal paternity has been established. As a result, he does not have the standing to request parental responsibilities (custody) or parenting time (visitation) with the child. Such a man also cannot be ordered to make child support payments.

Our attorneys understand that raising a child on your own can be incredibly difficult, and we recognize the need for child support. We work on behalf of mothers who wish to establish paternity so that they can obtain at least the financial help they need to raise their children.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we know that a child will usually fare best if both of his or her parents play an active role in the child's life, regardless of the relationship between the parents. With that goal in mind, we also represent fathers looking to become more involved with their children. Many unmarried fathers are treated as secondary parents or outsiders in their children's lives, but a man who is making efforts to be a good father deserves the chance to exercise his rights. We can help establish legal paternity, which gives the father the opportunity to request parenting time and parental responsibilities. Legal paternity also allows the father to have a say in adoption proceedings and intended relocations by the other parent.

Managing the Avalanche of Paternity Concerns

The attorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have more than 95 years of combined legal experience. Our firm is dedicated solely to the practice of family law, which means that we have seen it all. As a result, we are equipped to help you manage the avalanche of personal, emotional, logistical, custodial, parental, maternal, paternal, and legal factors that could be affecting your paternity or parentage matter.

If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we approach paternity matters, contact our office today. Call 630-852-9700 for a free, confidential consultation at any one of our three locations. Our team serves fathers and mothers in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Addison, Lombard, La Grange, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, DuPage County, Kane County, and the surrounding areas.

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