child-custodyIn the cases where a man and woman are not married and have a child, a paternity (or parentage) case is applicable.  The court has the power to determine parentage, legally, establishing who a child’s father is or is not under the law.  The court will also address all other relevant issues pertaining to the child under Illinois law, as many of the laws that apply to divorcing couples are the same for non-married parents as it applies to their minor children.  Ward Family Law, LLC handles many parentage cases and has broad success in meeting our client objectives and goals as it relates to everything from establishing parentage, to child support and child-related expense contribution, to allocation of parental responsibility in the form of decision-making and parenting time.