Parents in Illinois who are concerned about issues related to paternity need to be aware of basic facts regarding how it is established, which could help avoid any long-term disputes. This is in the best interest of the child as well as the biological parents. Unfortunately, one of the most common legal issues that comes up has to do with paternity. Therefore, it is important to know as much as possible about it in the event that there is a disagreement from any perspective.
Paternity is defined as the legal relationship a father has with the child. When parents are married, there is no issue regarding legal paternity as the husband is presumed to be the legal father. If, however, the parents were not married when the child was conceived or born, then the man who is believed to be the father is called the "alleged" father. This is not a legal term and the man cannot be added to the birth certificate as the father until there is a legal establishment of paternity.