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Fathers' Rights Archives

The importance of fathers

When parents decide to terminate their marriage, there are a host of issues that must be negotiated in the divorce settlement. Parents must determine whether sole or joint custody is best for the child, and create a parenting plan that works in the best interests of the child. In families where one parent lives a significant distance away or where the child attends school, one parent is often awarded sole-physical custody of the child. As parents make these crucial decisions regarding their children, it is crucial to keep in mind the absolute importance that fathers have in a child’s life.

Looking over statistics on child custody

When it comes to child custody, there are many factors to take into consideration. For example, a parent who is preparing for court or already going through a bitter custody dispute should understand which factors the court will examine when determining which outcome is in the best interests of the child. For parents who are going through a custody dispute in Peoria, or even preparing to file for divorce in the state of Illinois, reviewing statistics on child custody may help.

Bonding with your infant after your divorce

Even though a couple in Illinois is having a child together, they may still discover that they cannot make their relationship work. A new dad may feel like he will be at a disadvantage when it comes to developing a visitation schedule. However, studies show that he needs to have adequate parenting time to form an attachment with his baby, just as the mother does.

How to manage your child support payments

Many ex-partners in Illinois are required to pay child support, even though doing so may interfere with their ability to manage their own living expenses. These payments are to ensure that their kids can receive the same standard of living that is possible if they lived at home with both of their parents. It is important for parents who are responsible for providing financial support to their kids to make their obligations primary. 

How dads can overcome parenting time challenges

Divorces bring about challenges to parenthood that many fathers in Peoria do not anticipate. Even though their families are no longer living under one roof, fathers can still play a major and positive role in their children’s lives. Co-parenting is not always easy, but there are things that fathers can do to strengthen the bond between them and their kids.

How custody is awarded in Illinois

If you are getting a divorce in Illinois and you have children, you are going to spend time figuring out custody. While it is now referred to as parental responsibilities, custody is still determining who has what rights involving your children. At Butler, Giraudo & Meister, we are aware that this can be one of the most stressful parts of a divorce case. It can help if you become more familiar with how custody is handled in the state.

Reproductive rights of the father

When it comes to reproductive rights, the father's rights are largely ignored. Reproductive rights are seen almost only as a female's right, especially in the matters of abortion, adoption and procreation. Male rights are patently ignored in these regards, and no laws exist to date in protecting a father's right to reproduction.

Rights of Unmarried Fathers

For a father, maintaining a relationship with his child after the divorce can be difficult. The younger the child, the more weight is given to the mother's role in the child's development. Things are even more difficult for unmarried fathers, who have few parental rights. In the past, it used to be quite easy for the birthmother to prevent the biological father from establishing a legal relationship with his child. Today, however, even unmarried fathers have several means of establishing their rights to the child in front of the law. Declaring paternity refers to legal establishment of the male parentage of a child. Paternity can be established by filing an acknowledgment with the state vital records department.

Maintaining a positive father-child bond through divorce

It is never a pleasant experience for a child to have to witness his or her parents getting divorced. As the father, handling your child's questions and emotions poorly at such a time can result in long-lasting damage to their psyche, while also causing great harm to your relationship. Here are some steps you can use to help save your relationship with your child throughout the divorce:  

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