Oswego Paternity Lawyers

Paternity Attorneys Serving Kendall County

When a child is born to an unmarried couple, establishing legal paternity is necessary. The mother of the child often seeks to establish paternity in order to obtain a child support order. Likewise, fathers often seek to establish paternity in order to obtain child custody and visitation rights. At the Kendall County family law firm of Goostree Law Group, we work provide experienced legal counsel to both mothers and fathers involved in paternity matters. We are dedicated to helping parents assert their parental rights under the law.

Establishing Parentage in Kendall County

Under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 (750 ILCS 45/), there are several ways that the paternity, or parentage, of a child can be established. These include:

  • If the father and mother sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) – this is often done at the hospital when a baby is born to unmarried parents;
  • The State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ (HFS) Child Support Services enters an Administrative Paternity Order; and
  • A judge enters an Order of Paternity.

When the paternity of a child is disputed, the last two scenarios come into play. Generally, HFS will attempt to establish paternity using DNA testing. If, for some reason, HFS cannot establish paternity, the court will step in. Both parents must be present at a paternity hearing, but if the father is absent, the court can enter a judgment of paternity without him.

Experienced Counsel for Paternity Related Matters

Once paternity has been legally established, a number of other issues must be resolved. Ideally, these issues can be resolved amicably so that a positive co-parenting relationship can be created and maintained, which is most beneficial for the child. Sometimes, however, this is not possible. Our attorneys will strongly advocate for our clients interests in child support and child custody matters whether it is at the negotiating table or in court.

If you are involved in a paternity dispute or need assistance resolving issues related to paternity, contact us at  630-882-5668  to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced family law attorneys will meet with you, answer your questions, and discuss your legal options. We work with mothers and fathers throughout Northern Illinois including Kendall County and the surrounding areas. 

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Goostree Law Group

Goostree Law Group

 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174

 630-882-5668

 400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187

 630-407-1777

Our Illinois divorce attorneys represent clients in Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County and DeKalb County, including Geneva, Batavia, St.Charles, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn, Virgil, Lily Lake, Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Gilberts, Millcreek, Maple Park, Kaneville, LaFox, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, Big Rock, Bristol, Newark, DeKalb, Sycamore, Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, Downers Grove, Lombard, Oak Brook, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Schaumburg, Big Grove, Boulder Hill, Bristol, Joliet, Kendall, Lisbon, Minooka, Montgomery, Plainfield, Sandwich, Yorkville and many other cities.

Goostree Law Group | 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 200, St. Charles, Illinois 60174 | 630-882-5668
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