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Child Support Payments Needed from a Boyfriend? The ISBA Tells You Way to Prove He is Biological Father

Question: How can I prove that my boyfriend is the biological father of my child so that I can collect child support payments?Answer: A DNA test is typically used to confirm that an alleged father is legally the biological father. If you know the identity of the father, you may obtain a court order to make him take the test. If results prove that he is the biological father, you may want to consult with a lawyer about initiating a paternity suit. You should be aware that establishing paternity gives the father certain rights, such as visitation, as well as financial responsibilities and obligations.For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs

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