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Protecting yourself against false domestic violence accusations

When it comes to child custody, visitation, and other facets of fathers' rights, there are many issues to consider. For some, untrue domestic violence allegations are extremely problematic and can interfere with their ability to see their children. Moreover, these charges can affect a father's life in many other ways, from creating career-related problems (the loss of a job, difficulty landing a new position) to financial issues and a shattered reputation. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence and are worried about your future, our firm knows how pivotal it is to take steps to protect yourself.

Halloween and custody disputes

Whether you are just approaching the process of divorce or have already split up with your spouse, holidays can be tough, especially if you have kids. Moreover, custody disputes and a parent's pursuit of visitation rights can be very emotional for children and both parents. With Halloween and other holidays, a parent who is unable to spend time with his or her child may be particularly upset, which highlights the importance of going over the ins and outs of your case if you are involved in a custody dispute. Our firm understands how complex and emotionally charged these issues can be, but it is important to keep yourself focused on the case and fight for the best interests of your child.

Discussing custody matters with your child

From child support to alimony and the division of marital property, there are many fathers' rights issues that people deal with across the country. However, those involving custody and visitation can be particularly emotional for fathers in Peoria and other Illinois cities. Moreover, these issues can have a significant impact on children also, which is why you may want to think about going over these topics with your child if you are facing a custody dispute, worried about losing your rights to visitation, or are working through any other custody matter.

DUI charges and custody disputes

Whether you cannot pay your child support and want to modify your child support order or you have stress related to the distribution of marital property, family law issues can be incredibly challenging. However, if you are a father who is worried about the outcome of a child custody dispute, daily life can seem daunting. Moreover, in Peoria, and cities all around Illinois, there are other factors that could have an impact on the court's decision, such as being charged with driving under the influence. Our law firm knows the multitude of factors that can come into play with these scenarios and the importance of parents in this position closely assessing their options.

Can unpaid child support affect a passport application?

Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments could face numerous consequences, such as the threat of arrest, garnishment of their wages, or the interception of their tax refunds. However, it is vital for non-custodial parents who are in this position to recognize some of the other potential consequences of child support delinquency. For example, a parent who owes back child support may be unable to apply for a passport in Peoria, or any other Illinois city.

Addressing paternity fraud

From child support payments to custody disputes, fathers who have split up with their child's other parent may encounter various challenges. Our law firm knows how tough these matters can be for fathers in Peoria and across all parts of Illinois. Unfortunately, some men have been named as the father of a child that is not theirs biologically. Paternity fraud can be very emotionally taxing for men, but it can also create financial problems as well. For example, someone whose life has been thrown into turmoil by paternity fraud may be struggling to pay child support.

When is back child support prosecuted at the federal level?

From time behind bars to fines and a damaged reputation, you may be aware of some of the different repercussions associated with missing child support payments. In Peoria and other parts of Illinois, some fathers may go through these hardships because they could no longer pay child support after the loss of their job or some other issue they did not see coming. However, you should do what you can to address this situation if you are having trouble with payments, from setting up a payment plan to modifying your child support order. You may also want to be aware of certain factors that could impact your circumstances. For example, it could be helpful to realize when unpaid child support is handled at the federal level.'

What are the benefits of paternity establishment?

If you recently split up with your partner, you may be going through different challenges. However, if you had children together, moving forward can be even more complicated. In Peoria, and across all of Illinois, it is essential for fathers who are in this position to do what's best for their children while recognizing and standing up for their rights as a father. If you are the father of a child but paternity has not been established, it may be helpful to go over some of the benefits of paternity establishment.

Can back child support interfere with my passport?

As a non-custodial parent, you may have different concerns, such as struggling to pay alimony or spend time with your child. However, child support can be particularly difficult for some people who are going through financial complications in Peoria, and elsewhere in Illinois. Falling behind on your child support payments may affect you in different ways, from the garnishment of your wages to interception of your tax refund. Moreover, you could be taken into custody or even unable to apply for a passport if you have unpaid child support.

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