If a man is not married to the child's mother, being named as the father on the birth certificate is not enough to establish legal parenting rights under Illinois law. In order to claim the child as his own, he must submit a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. If a man believes that he has been wrongfully named as the father of a child, it is in his best interest to engage the help of an experienced attorney. He has the right to contest the mother's claim.
At Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C., we counsel and represent both men and women throughout Illinois who are interested in paternity determination or involved in parentage disputes. Dedicated to treating every client with respect and personal service, our Barrington parentage attorneys have decades of negotiation and trial experience in complex family law matters.
Our law firm provides strategic and knowledgeable counsel and representation in parentage cases involving:
- Paternity determinations through DNA testing
- Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity forms
- Denial of Paternity forms
- Affidavit and Certificate of Correction Requests
- Child custody or parenting time rights
- Name changes
- Required child support payments
- Required payments for pregnancy expenses or medical insurance
Child Support Is An Important Factor In Paternity Cases
For single mothers who are applying for or receiving government benefits, the state of Illinois may seek to recover some of that money by holding the child's biological father responsible for child support payments. Similarly, a child's biological father who wants to claim his parental rights — including the right to parenting time or custody — should be aware that he may also have to pay child support.
Contact An Arlington Attorney For Child Custody And Visitation
As respected family law lawyers experienced in paternity determination and related issues, Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C., provides prompt and professional representation to both mothers and fathers. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling our Barrington or Crystal Lake office at 847-282-4051 or 847-221-5511, or contact us online.