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Chicago Office

20 N. Clark Street
Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Orland Park Paternity/Parentage Attorneys

The Orland Park law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C. can help you if you need to initiate a paternity case. Our attorneys have over thirty years of experience successfully handling paternity cases for our clients. We deal with many issues ranging from child visitation to child support. We work hard to provide the best possible outcome for children who are displaced because of orders of protection and other family concerns.

What is Parentage?

Parentage is the direct biological connection of father and child. The term parentage is used by Illinois law, but it is the same as paternity.

Establishing Paternity

Mothers, fathers and grandparents can request to establish paternity in the state of Illinois. With child welfare as the chief concern, paternity helps a child form his or her identity. When a child knows where they come from, it aids them in creating a solid foundation of who they are. Paternity also assists with financial issues. We can help obtain financial support for a child when a father is legally named. Additionally, family history can also benefit a child if there are health care concerns.

The two ways to establish parentage are:

  • DNA testing – simple, affordable and accurate testing options are available
  • Voluntary admission – signing a legal form to claim paternity

Our law firm can guide you through paternity cases and give you sound legal counsel on outcomes for DNA testing and voluntary admission. Once parentage has been established, parental rights are protected by Illinois law. If a father admits paternity and signs a form stating he is the father of a child, there is a time-sensitive window to rescind such an admission. Before signing forms, contact our experienced attorneys to make sure it is in your best interest.

Protecting Parental Rights

Establishing paternity impacts parental rights and should be taken seriously. For example, legally identified fathers have a say in child adoption and removal. Even if paternity has not been established, fathers who register with the Illinois Putative Father Registry will be notified about pending adoption actions. When registered, fathers have thirty days to file for paternity actions or they lose their rights to contest an adoption.

With a lot at stake for both sides of a family, we specialize in helping our clients through paternity and parentage matters and seek an amicable solution for families.

If you need assistance with paternity or parentage matters, contact us to schedule a free consultation. From our Orland Park office and three other regional offices, we represent clients throughout the Illinois area including Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.