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Paternity, parental rights and establishing obligations

Parental rights and responsibilities seem, on the surface, to be very simple to obtain and manage. You have two parents who are looking to have their fair share of time with their children. But legally speaking, there are very precise steps that need to be taken to prove that a person is indeed the biological father of a child, or that a parent has a legitimate claim to child support payments.

Faltering in these areas can have huge ramifications for the parents involved, so it is important to address the issue of paternity and parental rights appropriately. Failing to do so can cause a lot of unnecessary headaches and stress about your situation.

For example, if you are the father of a child and you want parental rights, then you have to establish paternity. You have to prove this through a paternity test, and this gives you the parental rights that you deserve and it gives you the ability to be allocated parental responsibilities under Illinois law.

Another example is if you are the mother of a child and you want the father to uphold his responsibilities or fulfill his obligations in a support agreement. In order to have a legitimate claim in this regard, the father must have voluntarily acknowledged his paternity, or you must prove it through a paternity test. Legally obtaining that paternity test can be tricky, but it is not impossible.

We at Goddard & Malmquist want to help you establish paternity and outline parental rights and responsibilities in your situation.

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