Paternity concerns the establishment of biological fatherhood.
Parentage, in contrast, is the legal creation of the parental relationship between a man and a child born outside of marriage.
Where the biological father desires to establish a relationship with his child born out of wedlock, he must formally petition to establish a "father-child relationship." Once the "father-child relationship" is legally established, the father is granted the "privileges and obligations" of fatherhood. Specifically, he can petition for custody/visitation and is responsible for the support of the child.
For the mother, paternity must be legally established in order for her to receive child support. These issues are governed by the Illinois Parentage Act in conjunction with applicable provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Whether you are an unmarried mother or father seeking assistance with child support, custody or visitation issues, the attorneys at KAZMAR | FEELY LLC are highly experienced in handling all of your paternity-related issues.