Every parent has concerns about their children, whether they are married or not. As a mother, you may be concerned about support for your child. As a father, you may want to be involved in your child’s life. The first step to reach your goal is to establish the paternity of your child in court.
At Shawn H. Heffernan & Associates, P.C., we have been practicing for over a decade and are experienced in family law. If both parents agree on who the father is, paternity can be established in court. If the parents do not agree who the father is, the court can order a DNA test. Regardless of your situation, we are proud to help families with paternity-related issues throughout Cook County and the southwest Chicago suburbs.
Paternity Does More Than Establish The Father
Once paternity is established, you can obtain court orders for:
- Child support
- Child custody (known as parental responsibility in Illinois)
- Visitation (known as parenting time)
Without a court order, fathers of children born out of wedlock do not have a right to see their children. And mothers do not have a right to support. Establishing paternity allows you to establish these rights. A paternity action also establishes a child’s right to inherit.