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Paternity Establishment

Paternity is a legal relationship between a father and his child.

If the parents of the child were not married to each other when the child was conceived and/or born, the father is considered the “alleged father.” The alleged father is not the legal father of the child and his name cannot be added to the child’s birth certificate until paternity is legally established.

In Illinois, if the mother is/was married when the child was conceived and/or born, her husband/ex-husband is legally presumed to be the father of that child.

Posted by Irv Seidler / Posted on 17 May