Unwed Couples And Establishing Paternity
Although the law is thought to be objective and governed by hard evidence, there are numerous assumptions couples must address when it comes to matters of paternity and parental rights. It is generally assumed that if you are married to the mother of your child, you are indeed the biological father unless proven otherwise. However, if you are unmarried, there are numerous steps you must take to assert (or possibly deny) your role as a legitimate parent.
At the Law Office of Frank J. Giampoli, Ltd., we help people take the appropriate steps to establish paternity — especially as it pertains to unwed fathers who wish to assert their parental rights. Issues we help resolve include:
- Securing a DNA test to verify paternity
- Pursuing custody of a child or securing visitation rights soon after a child is born
- Signing a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity (VAP) at birth
- Naming yourself on your child’s birth certificate
Timing is imperative to avoid delays when establishing that you are the legitimate parent of your child. Once you have established paternity, you will be able to seek and assert your parental rights.
An Experienced Family Law Lawyer Providing Representation For Custodial Parents In Illinois
Custodial parents may also need representation during a custody or visitation dispute. Perhaps you do not want the father of your child to be involved in the child’s upbringing. If you wish to pursue minimal or no visitation, attorney Giampoli will help you review your reasons for denying visitation or custody and help you make a strong case for why your qualms are warranted. In cases where abuse, neglect, abandonment, mental illness or drug and alcohol dependence are issues, we can help illustrate a failure to adequately support a child and pursue a termination of the offending parent’s rights.
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To learn about your options when establishing or denying paternity and your parental rights, contact our Batavia law office and speak directly with attorney Frank Giampoli. You can schedule a consultation by sending attorney Giampoli an email by completing our online contact form or calling us at 630-406-8640.