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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Know your Parentage Act!

We've seen a number of pieces in the media about the fact that 37% of U.S. births are now to unwed parents. I'll leave my moral judgment out of this post, but there's definately opportunities out there for the practicing attorney.

I'm amazed at the number of "family law" attorneys who do a lot of divorce work and don't do parentage cases. I think there may have been a stereotype in the past that these cases were essentially poor, teen mothers but the latest numbers refute this. Teen pregnancies actually decreased...it's older, unwed parents that are increasing. Don't ignore this business opportunity.

Also, target fathers who have the IL Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services coming after them. Just defending against IDHFS could save your clients thousands of dollars.

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