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Getting everything in writing is crucial during divorce

During the divorce process, it is often easy to become so wrapped up in the emotions of the marital split-up that one fails to think logically about huge issues such as property and asset distribution in Illinois. In fact, one's financial well-being in the future might be the farthest thing from one's mind. Making poor decisions during a divorce proceeding today, however, may cost a person for years or even decades to come.

Paternity and fathers' rights

Under Illinois law, paternity is a term that refers to the biological relationship between a father and his child. This relationship also has legal implications. Paternity is used to determine matters such as child support, custody, visitation and inheritance.

Establishing paternity and fathers' rights

In Illinois divorce cases, establishing paternity can be one of the most important steps for determining certain important issues. Paternity refers to the biological relationship between a father and a child. Under the law, the biological father of a child is also the legal father of the child, regardless of the marital status of the father. This means that fathers' rights and obligations, such as visitation and child support payments, are a part of paternity.

How does a DNA test work?

Determining a child's paternity may be necessary when matters of child support, child custody or adoption are involved, and DNA testing is used to examine DNA markers and look at the relationship between two people. When Illinois residents undergo DNA testing, samples from a mother, child and alleged father are taken. These tests have a 99 percent certainty rate or higher.

Determining the issue of child custody

Illinois couples considering the idea of dissolving their marriage must think in a critical way about the vital issues that accompany divorce. These issues include property distribution, spousal support and, in the event that the couple produced offspring, child custody. Spouses and their respective advocates may try to negotiate these issues and come to a settlement that suits both parties' interests on their own. However, if and whenever divorcing couples cannot come to an agreement regarding vital issues such as child custody, a family court will make binding determinations for them.

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