In re N.C., a Minor

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Case Number: 
2014 IL 116532
Decision Date: 
June 19, 2014
3d Dist.
Peoria Co.
Appellate court affirmed; remanded with directions.
The State has standing to raise parentage issues in a neglect proceeding in the best interests of a minor, under the Juvenile Court Act, but the State's challenge must comply with the Parentage Act. Signatories of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP), but not the State, may challenge a VAP under Section 6(d) of the Parentage Act, on the limited grounds of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact. State does not have standing to initiate a subsection (b) disestablishment of parentage action under Section 7 of the Parentage Act. (FREEMAN, THOMAS, KARMEIER, and BURKE, concurring; THEIS and GARMAN, specially concurring.)