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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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Let our experienced Tinley Park paternity attorneys be your advocates in your paternity case.  We will use every resource to ensure your rights are protected and a favorable outcome is reached.

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Tinley Park Paternity Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Tinley Park 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 Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Ave., Ste. B

Tinley Park, IL 60477

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tinleypark@oflaherty-law.com​

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Burdens Of Proof In Paternity Cases

In this article, our Tinley Park paternity lawyers explain child support in paternity cases. Child support is handled in the same manner as marital cases with two distinct exceptions.  If there is a possibility that pregnancy expenses are awarded along with retroactive child support and pregnancy expenses can only be awarded within two years after the child is born.

‍Retroactive child support is sometimes awarded, however this can often be remote.  This is due to the assumption that the father had been supporting the child throughout the marriage. 

The court retains discretion for awarding retroactive child support based on the following factors:At what time the father learned that the child had been born; If the father had previously been willing to support the child; If and when the mother previously sought the father's assistance in supporting and raising the child;If the mother had a valid reason for not filing a paternity suit earlier; and The mother's delay in bringing the suit prejudiced the father. You can read about child support from our Tinley Park paternity attorneys here:   Child Support Explained, and Changes to  Child Support Laws for 2017.

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Burdens Of Proof In Paternity Cases

In this article, our Tinley Park paternity attorneys explain the burden of proof in paternity cases. For parties seeking to prove paternity after a death of a parent, convincing and clear evidence is required.  In cases where there is a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, the presumption of paternity will become conclusive and cannot be rebutted if not rescinded within 60 days of signing or the date that the paternity suit is filed, whichever comes first. ​ 

In cases where there is no "presumed father," there must be a "preponderance of the evidence," which means more likely than not, to prove the absence or existence of a father-child relationship.

In cases where there is a "presumed father," the presumption that this person is the father requires "clear and convincing evidence" which is a higher standard than the preponderance of the evidence. 

Read the full article by our Tinley Park paternity attorneys explaining paternity laws.

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Our Tinley Park Paternity Lawyers Will Represent You In Contested Paternity Suits

In this article our Tinley Park paternity attorneys explain more about the paternity process. The establishment of a father-child relationship with a paternity suit can be accomplished by the child, one who claims to be the child’s father, the mother, an individual, or government agency that is providing assistance to the child.  However, the only people who have standing to file for the non-existence of a father-child relationship are the child’s “presumed father” and mother.  Contested paternity suits entered before the birth of a child, depositions and blood tests will be filed with the court though proceedings outside of these will be stayed until the birth of the child. 

‍Establishing existence of a father-child relationship can be filed until the child reaches twenty years old.  The statute of limitations states that suits to establish the non-existence of a father-child relationship are barred after two years since the father gains knowledge of all relevant facts.

‍Once a paternity suit is initiated, the petitioning party is required to file a petition determining paternity with the court where any party of the suit resides.  Petitions and summons must be served to all parties which informs them when they are to appear in court. 

In most cases a child's parent or legal guardian will represent the child during a contested paternity suit however the court can make the decision to appoint a guardian ad litem.  A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed by the court to represent the child in the case. 

Read the full article by our Tinley Park paternity lawyers explaining the process of paternity lawsuits in Cook County.

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