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Declaring the Non-Existence of a Parent-Child Relationship

Please note that the legal information presented on this page is written for those living in the state of Illinois.

What Does it Mean?

Declaring the non-existence of a parent-child relationship is the process through which a person is NO LONGER recognized as a child's legal parent.

Things you Should Know

The decision to revoke a person's legal parentage may be made based on the results of DNA testing. It can also be made based on the relevant facts of the situation, but ONLY IF it has been less than TWO (2) YEARS since the petitioner learned these facts.

A declaration of the non-existence of a parent-child relationship may be brought to court by certain people, including:

  • a presumed parent of the child
  • the biological mother of the child; or
  • a child of the parent in question

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