${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Main Menu
Call Today: 855-805-0595

How do I get a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity set aside?

7283981_S.jpgA previous post on this blog discussed how men in Springfield, Illinois, can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity as an easy way to become the legal father of a child.

Signing this Acknowledgement grants important fathers' rights to the man, but along with those rights, it also imparts important responsibilities, including the responsibility to support the child financially.

This is usually no issue when the man knows the child is his biological offspring, but it can become a serious problem if a man discovers he is not in fact the biological father of the child for which he has taken responsibility.

As the previous post mentioned, a man can set aside his Acknowledgement, but he must do so within 60 days of the day the Acknowledgement goes in to effect, which is usually close to the child's birthday. He must file a separate document and follow all instructions when doing so. He is also responsible for making sure any court orders already entered get set aside or revisited. The 60-day deadline is strict; once it passes, the man should consider himself the legal father of the child.

Still, there may be some circumstances under which the 60-day deadline passes for reasons that are not the man's fault. For instance, the mom of the child or someone else may have lied or otherwise tricked the man in to signing the form. In these sort of limited circumstances, a man may still have some legal options for setting aside child support and custody orders related to the Acknowledgement, but he will likely want the help of an attorney when doing so.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
2015 Top 100 Lawyers - ASLA Lead Counsel Rated Rated By Super Lawyers American Legal Institute | America's Top Attorneys 2016 Nation's Premier Top Ten Ranking 2016 | NAFLA 10 Best 2014-2017 | 4 Years Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys ™ Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb The National Trial Lawyers National Association of Distinguished Counsel | Nation's Top One Percent National Academy of Jurisprudence Rue Rating | Best Attorneys Of America | Lifetime Charter Member The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers | America's Premier Attorneys Law Firm 500 | 2016 Honoree America's Top 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017
Stange Law Firm, PC

Stange Law Firm, PC
400 S. 9th St.
Suite 100
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Toll Free: 855-805-0595
Fax: 314-963-9191
Law Office Map