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Illinois Paternity Rights for Unmarried Couples

 Posted on July 21, 2015 in Paternity

paternity rights, unmarried couples., Naperville paternity attorneyFor children born to unmarried parents in the State of Illinois, paternity can come into question by the legal system. Paternity rights are automatically granted to married couples, however, if the parents are not married, state authorities or the courts will step in to decide paternity and rule on custody and child support cases. In 1984, the Illinois General Assembly drafted the Illinois Parentage Act to secure and protect rights for unmarried couples and their children. This law recognizes that all children have the right to “physical, mental, emotional, and monetary support of his or her parents.”

Unwed Mothers Automatically Gain Custody under State Law

In cases where paternity may be in question, or a father is not present, unwed mothers are automatically granted full custody of their children. Fathers seeking custody need to file a paternity action, and will have no rights to the child until legal paternity has been determined. Mothers can also file for paternity action.

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