How to Establishing Paternity based on Illinois Law

By Chicago Divorce Attorney Patrick Markey, P.C.

Parentage under Illinois law

Establishing paternity, known as parentage under Illinois law, is a crucial first step in ensuring that a child receives financial support and a father’s rights are protected. We can help you get a DNA test done. It is a simple test with a high degree of accuracy. Father’s can also sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP) form. By signing this form a father assumes all the rights and obligations that come with having a child. He cannot later dispute paternity if he is not the father unless he proves certain statutory elements and the legal standard for that is very difficult. Child support, visitation and custody are all issues that need to be resolved in a parentage case.

Types of adoptions in Illinois

There are several types of adoptions. Step-parent, adult, co-parent, grandparent or relative and stand-by adoption. In every adoption with the exception of adult adoption, the biological parent’s rights must be terminated either voluntarily or after the court finds them to be unfit parents. The court will also need to find that adoption is in the best interests of the child(ren).