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How fathers can improve their chances for child custody

Deciding on child custody can be an emotional time for parents going through a divorce in Illinois. While joint custody is often the best arrangement for everyone, sometimes it is harder for fathers to receive equal time as the mothers. Fathers who want to win joint, or even sole, custody should follow certain guidelines to improve their chances.

Being a loyal and supportive parent despite divorce

Divorce can put in a wrench in a lot of areas of a couple's life, particularly in their ability to continue parenting their children without allowing the stress of their relationship to take over. For divorced fathers in Illinois, particularly those who are the non-custodial parent in their relationship, this challenge is exponentially more difficult. Often, despite their undying desire to continue loving and supporting their children, logistics and opinions make accomplishing this objective quite difficult. 

What are ways for men to manage mental health after divorce?

The process of getting a divorce in Illinois often includes dealing with strong and complex emotions: fear, sadness, relief and confusion. While you may start to feel better as soon as you sign the papers, you may instead find it more difficult to move on with your life. You may struggle with depression or other mental health issues. While you may have to look hard to find them, there are resources that address the connection between men's mental health and divorce.

Can I really get a paternity test at Walgreens?

If there is some doubt regarding the paternity of your child, you have likely spent a lot of time considering your options. Whether you are the father or the mother of the child, you may wish to prove who the biological father is once and for all. Unfortunately, DNA tests are typically very expensive and many parents are seeking cheaper solutions. Because of this, many have turned to Walgreens.

How should you respond to paternity fraud?

If your wife comes to you with the news that she is pregnant with your child, you may feel excited, nervous or surprised. But what should you do if you find out later that you are not the true father of the child? You may learn that the mother committed paternity fraud. This sometimes occurs when a married woman wants to hide an extramarital affair that results in a pregnancy. In Illinois, it may be difficult to prove paternity fraud, but there are a few steps you may take if you suspect you are not the child's father.

Married fathers are spending more time with their kids

father's job was to provide an income for the household and the mother's role was to take care of the household. There are still many families that embrace this traditional family setup, but there are more women in the workforce now than there has even been. In addition to this, fathers are spending more time with their children.

What is Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage?

If you are an unmarried father in Illinois, you may need to go through several legal steps to ensure you have the rights and resources to build a relationship with your child. One possible way to solidify your rights is to sign a Voluntary Acknowledge of Parentage form. Once you sign this form, you are legally responsible for supporting your child. Understanding how the VAP process works may help you determine the best way to secure your parental rights.

PTSD and preparing for a custody dispute

Custody disputes can be challenging for anyone, but some parents have an especially difficult time when it comes to preparing for this crucial family law issue. The outcome of a custody dispute can be one of the most significant aspects of a divorce, and the court's decision could have a major impact on the future of a child and both of his or her parents. If you are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder due to military conflict or any other factor (such as a traumatic car accident), it is crucial to be especially careful when approaching your divorce and a dispute over how the custody of your child will be determined.

Child custody and summer break

Parents often have many considerations when it comes to divorce and their children, from child support payments they will need to make (or expect to receive) and discussing these issues with young kids. However, custody can be an especially challenging issue for many parents for various reasons. For some parents, the summer is a great time to approach the custody process because kids are out of school. For example, sharing parental responsibilities with an ex may be easier when school obligations are not part of the picture. On the other hand, this time of year can also be challenging with respect to custody.

How can I be a better father?

After a divorce, your children will need you more than ever. That's why it's so important to take a look at your skills as a father to determine whether there are any areas in need of improvement. Very Well Family offers the following advice in this case, which allows you to forge a healthy, loving relationship with your child that lasts a lifetime.

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