Like many other states, Illinois is gender neutral when it comes to child custody. That means the mother and the father have equal rights under the law to request child custody. This is surprising to some fathers who think that they have to settle for every other weekend with their children. The fact is that fathers' rights have come a long way in the country over the past few decades.
A much-overlooked Supreme Court decision this week could impact the child custody rights of fathers and Native Americans in the United States. The justices held that a Native American man could not depend on the federal statute the Indian Child Welfare Act as a defense against the termination of his parental rights over his daughter after another couple adopted her.
This Father's Day, a group called Leading Women for Shared Parenting is officially launching its efforts to make equally shared parenting rights a reality in the United States and Canada. But the group already has many members who are drawing attention to the issue, including congresswomen from both parties, lawyers, social workers, mothers, sisters, daughters and wives.
While Angelina Jolie may have brought the world's attention to the overwhelming need for international adoptions, there are still families here in the United States who realize that there are children here who need homes just as badly. But while domestic adoption is considered to be less volatile because it doesn't rely on foreign government communications, differing laws between states can sometimes be just as cumbersome in the end.