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Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

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At O'Flaherty Law, our experienced Illinois paternity attorneys will be your aggressive advocates, ensuring that you and your loved ones receive excellent representation at affordable rates. We will use every tool at our disposal to give you a favorable resolution to your paternity case.

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Illinois Paternity Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Illinois Paternity Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

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How to Establish Paternity By Consent at Birth in Illinois

Different Types of Illinois Paternity Suits

In this article, our Illinois paternity attorneys explain the different types of paternity cases that we handle. There are three different primary types of paternity cases that can be filed in Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.  The Parentage Act controls issues arising from children born out of wedlock.  These suits are:

  • A court action to establish paternity by mutual consent of both parents;
  • Contested paternity cases; and
  • Suits to prove that an individual is not the father of the child in question.

Who Can File a Paternity Suit

Our Illinois paternity lawyers explain who can file a paternity suit. A paternity suit to establish a father-child relationship may be filed by the child, the mother, anyone claiming to be the child's father, or any individual or government agency that is providing financial assistance to the child.

‍By contrast, only the child's mother or the child's "presumed father" have standing to file suit to establish the non-existence of a father-child relationship.   

When can a contested paternity suit be filed?

Contested paternity suits can be filed before the birth of the child.  However, all of the proceedings will be stayed until the child is born, except for depositions to preserve evidence and blood tests.

‍Suits to establish the existence of the father-child relationship may be filed until the child reaches the age of twenty.  However, the statute of limitations bars suits to establish the non-existence of the father-child relationship once two years have passed since the time that the father obtains knowledge of the relevant facts.

Our Illinois paternity attorneys have extensive experiences in all three types of paternity suits.

Read more by our Illinois paternity attorneys about the different types of Illinois paternity cases.

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How to Establish Paternity By Consent at Birth in Illinois

Establishing Paternity by Consent at Birth

In this article, our Illinois paternity lawyers explain how to establish paternity by consent at birth.

When a child is born to parents who are not married, hospitals and midwives are required by the Illinois Vital Records Act to provide the parents with the following forms that will allow the parents to simply and easily establish paternity by mutual consent, assuming that both parents agree.  These forms include:

  • A petition to declare paternity by consent; and
  • An agreed order to be entered by the court in which the petition is filed, which will establish paternity.
  • If the parents are in agreement about paternity, they can execute these forms and deliver them to the clerk of the circuit court.  The judge will then enter the agreed order without requiring the parents to appear in court.

If a "presumed father" (defined below) exists and is different from the father consenting to paternity, either the "presumed father" must sign the petition documents, or the mother must submit an affidavit testifying that she has provided notice to the presumed father according to the requirements set forth in the Illinois Parentage Act. Our Illinois paternity attorneys will be happy to assist you in preparing and filing your consent paternity forms.

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The "Presumed Father" in Illinois Paternity Cases Explained

In this article, our Illinois paternity attorneys explain the concept of a "presumed father" in Illinois paternity cases.

If there is a "presumed father," as defined by the Illinois Parentage Act, there is a higher standard of proof required to show that the "presumed father" is not actually the father of the child.  The "presumed father" is also entitled to certain notices, described below, if the mother or a third party attempt to establish that someone other than the "presumed father" is the father of the child.

According to the Illinois Parentage Act, you are the "presumed father" of a child if any of the following is true:

  • You were married to the child's mother, in a civil union, or in a substantially similar relationship at the time of birth;
  • You were in a marriage, civil union, or a substantially similar relationship that was terminated within 300 days prior to the child being born;
  • You were in an invalid marriage or civil union at the time of birth or within 300 days prior to the time of birth, which was entered into in apparent compliance with the law;
  • You married the child's mother after the birth of the child and are listed as the child's father on the birth certificate.  

Read more by our Illinois paternity lawyers explaining how to prove paternity in Illinois.

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