Establishing Parentage Is Important for Many Reasons

Often the first step in a family law matter is the establishment of paternity, or, as it is known in Illinois, “parentage.” A DNA test will establish the parentage in cases where paternity or paternal rights are in question. Frequently, parentage comes into play when a mother seeks child support from the potential father who is not her spouse.

At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab, we help mothers who wish to establish parentage for child support reasons, as well as potential fathers who wish to defend against such actions. Attorney Van A. Schwab has been helping clients in Chicago and the surrounding Illinois areas for more than 40 years.

Fathers Establishing Parentage

Even as unmarried fathers, just as divorced fathers, may be responsible for child support, many potential fathers come to attorney Schwab to help establish parentage in order to gain allocation of parental rights (custody) and parenting time (visitation) to their child. Once parentage is determined, a father’s legal rights and responsibilities are the same whether he is or was married to the mother or not.

An Advocate for Mothers, Fathers, and Children in Parentage Cases

Regardless of the reason or the intent, stakes are high when paternity is in question. A confirmed father, even if he and the mother never married, may qualify for parental responsibility and parenting time. His child support responsibilities will continue until the child reaches the age of majority.

A knowledgeable family law attorney is best able to counsel and guide a father or mother through the legal and technical aspects of parentage testing, surrender of a child for adoption, or any other matter related to acknowledgment of fatherhood.

To schedule a consultation regarding DNA paternity testing, surrogacy contracts, sperm donors’ rights, or same-sex partners and parentage, call attorney Van A. Schwab or email us.

Bringing and Defending Paternity Actions

An emotionally charged matter, paternity is essential in seeing that proper custody and support orders are created if there is any question about the parentage of a child. Paternity must be accurately determined and legally established in order to ensure that your rights to see your child or receive the correct amount of child support are preserved.

Whether you are a father who wants to protect your parental rights to child custody and visitation or a mother who wants to enforce a father’s parental obligation of child support, we can help you bring a paternity action necessary to achieve your goals.

Paternity, Parentage, DNA Testing Lawyer In Libertyville And Skokie, Illinois.

At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab, Chicago paternity establishment attorney Van A. Schwab employs over 40 years of family law experience when handling paternity issues for clients in Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding areas.

Our firm focuses on representing clients in establishing paternity and other family law matters, allowing us to provide focused and informed guidance to our family law clients. We assist both men and women in a range of paternity situations, including bringing a paternity lawsuit and defending against a paternity action.

Testing And Technology For Paternity Tests

With the emergence of new technology for establishing paternity, it is easier than ever to determine who the father of a child is. A simple swab from the inside of the cheek can be the key to gaining access to your child. We can explain the DNA paternity testing process. Not sure, if you are the child’s father? Our experienced paternity lawyer can help you request that a test be performed if there is a question regarding the identity of the child’s father.

Once the child’s parentage has been established, the related custody and child support matters can be addressed. Attorney Schwab can also handle any child custody and/or child support matters that may arise, whether they are initial orders or modifications to any standing orders.

Ready To Assist You With Paternity Matters

If you are searching for answers regarding your questions about paternity or parentage, call The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab or email us to discuss your situation, the possibility of the matter being handled in juvenile court, and the options you have for seeking a resolution.