Understanding Your Rights And Obligations In Paternity Cases
At Ryan Family Law P.C., in Elgin, Illinois, we represent both men and women in paternity matters. If you are seeking to establish paternity or parentage of a child, our attorneys can guide you through all stages of the process.
We have handled numerous paternity cases for mothers seeking to confirm the identity of their child’s father, as well as fathers who wish to establish their parental rights in regard to custody and support. A voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, if not rescinded, carries the full force and effect of a judgment and allows a mother or father to seek all rights and responsibilities through the court.
We assist mothers with all aspects of paternity cases, including petitioning for court-ordered DNA testing. If the father of your child is confirmed through testing, we can represent you in child support, child custody and other related legal matters.
If you believe you are the biological father and wish to legitimize the relationship, you may also need to take a paternity test. Legitimizing your status as father can give you rights relating to child custody, visitation and support.