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Lawyer for Parentage Cases in DuPage County

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Warrenville Attorney Resolves Paternity Disputes

Parental involvement and support can be crucial to a child's healthy development. Before a child's parents can reach an agreement concerning their legal rights and obligations, it is sometimes necessary to establish paternity and parentage. Paternity, also called "parentage," refers to the legal relationship between a father and a child. Attorney Christina Martell has extensive experience in cases involving parentage and allocation judgments regarding parental responsibilities.

There are several different means of establishing parentage in Illinois. For parents who are married or in a civil union, the husband or partner of the mother is presumed to be the child's father. When the parents are unwed, they may establish paternity by having a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) filed with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). This can be done at the hospital upon birth, online at the HFS website or at other locations such as a County Clerk's office. Putting a father's name on the birth certificate does not legally establish parentage.

If paternity is disputed, a DNA test can establish parentage. A court order may be necessary to prove legal parentage. Chrissie can help clients navigate the complicated legal system and resolve paternity disputes.

Establishing paternity can have significant implications for a child. Having the participation of two parents in his or her life—whether it involves solely financial support or building personal relationships with both—can be critical in guaranteeing future success. The child may also be entitled to certain rights such as health insurance, social security benefits or inheritance. Establishing parentage can help give a child access to a full medical history on both sides of the family, as well.

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Parentage involves legal requirements for both the mother and father. Either parent can file a paternity action seeking certain parental rights. Typically, the dispute centers around child support and parental responsibility and parenting time, which describes child custody and visitation under Illinois law.

The child's mother may seek to establish legal paternity in order to file for financial support from the father. In addition to money for expenses, the mother may ask for additional contributions to pay for insurance, childcare and expenses related to extracurricular activities.

The child's father may take legal recourse to obtain a greater role in his child's life. He may ask for legal rights in making important child-rearing decisions, such as education, religion and healthcare. He may also seek more parenting time with the child.

Chrissie has helped many families reach an agreement concerning the allocation of parenting time and child support. She encourages parents to set aside their disputes and put their children's priorities first. Chrissie is highly experienced with the income shares model that Illinois uses to determine appropriate financial support. She also possesses extensive knowledge of relevant Illinois laws regarding paternity and parental rights and responsibilities, such as the recently updated Parentage Act of 2015 and the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA).

If you have questions regarding paternity issues in Warrenville, Wheaton or Naperville, IL, contact Christina Martell today. She offers consultations for $100, which will be credited to a client's bill upon being retained. Call Chrissie at 630-717-2772 to resolve your parentage case.

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