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The question of when to sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is quite common. Roughly 40 percent of today’s births are outside wedlock. This percentage has almost doubled since 1990....

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Illinois Paternity Laws According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, paternity is a legal relationship between a father and a child. It is the fundamental basis of...

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Under Illinois law, paternity is presumed when the mother is married — meaning no action is required to make her husband the legal father of the child. For unmarried couples,...

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As defined by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, paternity is a legal relationship between a father and a child. If a man learns he is not the...

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In Illinois, paternity forms the basis of a father’s parental rights and parental responsibilities. For married men, paternity is rather simple — a man is assumed to be the father...

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“VAP”; You will probably hear this legalese around courtrooms handling paternity cases. But, what is it? A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, commonly referred to as a VAP, is a document...

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If you share a child with your partner, it is very important to establish paternity in Illinois. This applies to men who have a child born out of wedlock.  Under...

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As goes with all legal documents, it is important to understand what you are signing. Not only must you read the form thoroughly, knowing the future ramifications of signing is...

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In most states in the United States, if you are the biological father of a child, you may be held liable for child support, should you and the biological mother...

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When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father is typically expected to be a source of support and reliability to both the child and the mother. Of course,...

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