Paternity disputes tend to fall into one of two general categories. In the first, the father is trying to establish paternity so that he might be granted certain child custody rights. These rights can vary from a full shared custody agreement with the mother to simple visitation rights with the child.
A DNA test is the only way to prove paternity and lay claim to your rights as the child's father. If the mother of your child is attempting to put the child up for adoption, you can attempt to halt the proceedings once you have established paternity. Once the test proves paternity you will have expanded legal options which you can pursue.
The other broad category of paternity dispute is an attempt to prove paternity so that the father can be legally held responsible for paying child support. Child support law in Illinois is quite complicated and you need an attorney to protect your best interests.
If you're involved in either type of paternity dispute and you need help in pursuing your rights under the law, please contact The Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates, P.C to arrange a free consultation.