Paternity

How can a mother obtain support for a child who was born out of wedlock? Similarly, how can a father who is not listed on the birth certificate obtain visitation rights and can they still petition for those rights if another man has legally acknowledged paternity with regard to the child?

If doubts arise as to the true parentage of the child after a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity has been signed, is there anything that can be done to revisit the issue?

These are just some of the important but difficult and sensitive questions involved with paternity issues under Illinois law.

At Benckendorf & Benckendorf, we represent both mothers and fathers who are seeking to resolve paternity issues. To learn more about this issue, your rights or how our lawyers can help you to resolve the paternity issue discretely and with dignity — call or contact any of our three office locations directly to schedule an initial consultation.

Adoption, Child Custody, Visitation and Support

Paternity impacts situations involving the adoption of children who are born out of wedlock and — in both divorce and non-divorce contexts — the issues of child custody, fathers' rights to visitation and obligations of financial support.

When parentage is contested, DNA testing is often required to settle the matter. The testing is simple, accurate and easy to arrange. However, it is important to note that when a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity has been signed — there may be limits on the amount of time in which to reverse the legal effect of that document.

We Do It Right. Our Clients Deserve It.

For experienced legal representation in establishing paternity, in challenging paternity or for any other legal matter involving children — contact any of our three central Illinois office locations to schedule an appointment.

Peoria: 309.265.0812 / Morton: 309.938.4296 / Eureka: 309-265-0812