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How to Initiate the Paternity Process

How to Initiate the Paternity Process...

Signing a child’s birth certificate is a symbolic step toward paternity acknowledgement, but it is only symbolic. A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity is the first official step in this process. However, a VAP only establishes an administrative parent-child relationship, mostly for child support purposes. To establish a…

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Top Five Reasons to File a Paternity Action

Top Five Reasons to File a Paternity A...

Currently, out-of-wedlock births make up about 40% of all births in Cook County. This proportion is even higher in some communities. Raising a child is always challenging. Raising a child as a single parent is especially challenging. As outlined below, a paternity action makes this…

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Recognizing and Responding to PAS

Recognizing and Responding to PAS...

Parental alienation is usually inevitable in divorce proceedings. Parental Alienation Syndrome, however, is different. Parents usually have little to do with parental alienation, which is usually emotional detachment.  PAS is much more severe and usually intentional, as well. The alienating parent, who is usually the…

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Should We Get a Baby-Nup Agreement?

Should We Get a Baby-Nup Agreement?...

There is an old adage that a stitch in time saves nine. In other words, a little extra effort at the beginning usually means less effort, and fewer problems later on. This saying does not apply in all cases, but it generally applies with regard…

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