Experienced Wheaton Paternity and Parentage Attorneys
Family Law Firm Serving DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties
Establishing paternity for a child born out of wedlock can be a challenging process. Often these cases involve intense emotions and have significant financial ramifications. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we represent both mothers and fathers in parentage actions. Our attorneys understand paternity and parentage cases from both sides and offer clients effective and compassionate representation to serve their needs and the best interests of their children.
Assisting Clients with Parentage-Related Matters
The first step in most parentage cases is determining paternity. This can be done either through DNA testing or through the voluntary acknowledgement of both parents. In cases of contested paternity, a court order may be necessary to compel DNA testing. Recent changes to the law, however, also permit the court to refuse to order DNA testing, depending upon the circumstances of the case, including whether the child already has two parental figures. Our attorneys are experienced in handling both contested and uncontested paternity cases.
Once paternity or parentage is positively established, additional legal matters must be settled. These include many of the same issues spouses have to determine when getting a divorce. Our family law attorneys assist clients in:
- Obtaining child support
- Establishing custody rights and parental responsibilities
- Negotiating visitation and parenting time agreements
- Enforcing child support and parenting/custody agreements
- Modifying child support and parenting/custody agreements
At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we believe an amicable resolution is in the best interest of all parties involved in paternity cases. Negotiating paternity-related matters outside of court is more affordable and less contentious for both parties and typically results in a healthier co-parenting relationship. We recognize that in some cases, however, an amicable resolution is not possible. Where necessary, our attorneys are prepared to aggressively represent our clients' interests and the interests of their children in court.
If you are involved in a parentage dispute and need experienced and professional representation, contact our family law attorneys at 630-665-7300 to discuss your situation. We represent clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago including DuPage, and Kendall Counties.