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Tinley Park Paternity Attorneys

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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Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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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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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

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Further Reading from our Tinley Park Paternity Attorneys

How Is Child Support Handled 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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