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Section Newsletter Articles on Putative Father Registry

Putative Father Registry—A primer By Christina Schneider and Don C. Hammer Child Law, March 2010 The Putative Father Registry (“PFR”) was established by the Illinois Legislature as part of broad changes that were made to the Illinois Adoption Act in 1994.
Who has the right to contest the validity of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity when dealing with the Putative Father Registry? By Kimberly J. Anderson Family Law, May 2009 A look at the challenges of contesting and amending of a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity in an adoption case.
What is the definition of “Commencing legal proceedings” when dealing with the Putative Father Registry? By Kimberly J. Anderson Family Law, March 2009 In the case outlined in this article, the father registered with the Putative Father Registry, and as required by statute, within thirty days of the date that he signed the Putative Father Registry, he “commenced legal proceedings” to establish parentage of his child.
No legal relationship between paternity and registry By Zora Ristanovic Family Law, August 2007 The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that the Putative Father Registry provisions of the Adoption Act and the Parentage Act are to be construed separately, and therefore, a father seeking to establish a parent-child relationship under the Parentage Act was not required to first register as a putative father within 30 days of the child’s birth pursuant to the Putative Father Registry provisions of the Adoption Act. J.S.A. et al., v. M.H. et al., 2007 WL 289829 (2007).
Putative Father Registry By Kimberly J. Anderson Family Law, February 2006 Father may have known best in the 1950s, but in the seemingly more complicated new millennium, many fathers don’t even know that they’ve become parents.