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.