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Is a Paternity Test Required for Child Support? | Illinois Paternity and Child Support

Is a Paternity Test Required for Child Support? | Illinois Paternity and Child Support

In this article, we will answer the question, “is a paternity test required for child support?”  We will discuss when paternity must be established prior to the entry of a child support order as well as the different methods of establishing paternity in Illinois.  For a more in-depth overview of Illinois paternity law that  provides some foundational information on the subject, check out our article, Illinois Paternity Law Explained.

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Paternity Law Explained

Paternity Law Explained

The purpose of this article is to summarize Illinois laws relating to paternity.  We will begin by discussing the different types of paternity cases that exist in Illinois, and continue by explaining the procedure and burden of proof in paternity suits.  We will conclude by talking about the child support and child custody ramifications of paternity cases. 

Causes of Action Related to Paternity

There are several causes of action in Illinois related to paternity, including:

  • Establishing paternity by consent of the parents;
  • Contested paternity suits; and 
  • Suits to establish the non-existence of a father-child relationship. 
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