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How can you establish paternity in Illinois?

No two families are alike; however, many families encounter similar family law issues. For some Illinois fathers, this means taking steps to either prove or disprove paternity. Typically, when the other of a child is not married, certain steps must be taken to validate paternity of the child. When a mother claims that a man is a father, this must be proven by a DNA test if the man does not voluntarily sign a statement that he is the father. Additionally, a paternity test is needed when a man believes he is a father and is attempting to assert his fathers' rights.

How can you establish paternity in Illinois? There are three ways paternity can be established. First, the parents of the child can complete, sign and have witnessed the signing of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity Form. Next, the State of Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services can issue an Administrative Paternity Order. Finally, a judge could issues an order of paternity.

What rights do grandparents have in a child custody dispute?

42254580_S.jpgChild custody disputes typically pit one parent against another, often in the midst of a difficult divorce. It can be hard for two parents to agree on important childcare decisions at such a time, but each party has rights and responsibilities that go with parenting.

But what about grandparents? What rights do they have when it comes to their grandchildren?

How can you modify a current child support order?

37314719_S.jpgRaising a child comes with its challenges. While there are typical ups and downs with any child, parents in Illinois going through a divorce begin to understand the real costs associated with raising their child. Because child support is a family law issue often faced by divorcing parents, parents soon become fully aware of their financial capabilities and how much financial support their child actually needs each month.

How can you modify a current child support order? While some divorcing parents may encounter much conflict and time-consuming efforts to establish a final child support order, the truth of the matter is that these orders do not always prove to work over time. Much like life brings change, child support orders might require changes as well. Thus, parents should be prepared to seek a modification of a support agreement at some point.

Guiding you through the military divorce process

18853941_S.jpgSome careers are very demanding and stressful. This can be strenuous for an individual and their family. Being a service member in the military is one of the most challenging careers and could be the source of a failing marriage. The stress of deployment and training could be taxing on a marriage, resulting in some spouses seeking to end their marriage. While ending a marriage is not a pleasant time for any married couple, for military members, this often means addressing addition divorce issues.

When compared to a civilian divorce, a military divorce can be very complex. No only are there additional issues to resolve, divorcing service members face the challenge of developing a workable child custody and support plan while one spouse is on active duty. At Stange Law firm, P.C., our experienced law firm is dedicated to helping military members and the spouses of military members in the Springfield area navigate the divorce process.

Fathers' rights are important

9878745_S.jpgWhen it comes to family, your children are perhaps the most important. You teach them everything from walking and talking to riding a bike. For many, it is extremely rewarding and fulfilling to raise a child.

Not everyone gets a chance to raise his or her own child, however. You need custody to do so. Before that process can begin for fathers, they need to establish paternity. This can be cumbersome if you are not married to the mother of your child. Even then, establishing paternity in Illinois does not necessarily give a father the right to custody or even visitation.

Military family law: military field sees highest divorce rate

56892262_S.jpgFor most married couples in Illinois and elsewhere, disagreements happen. While this can just be the common ups and downs of marriage, for some spouses, these disputes are monumental. When marital fights run high, this could signify to the spouses that it is best to end their union and part ways. And in some cases, it is the career or lifestyle of one spouse that could significantly impact the longevity of the relationship.

Unfortunately, for military families, divorces are seen more frequently. And in this matter, marital problems are likely related to the military career path of one spouse. Based on current statistics, the military career field sees a higher rate of divorce by age 30 when compared to other career fields.

Children may benefit from shared child custody arrangements

28402965_S.jpgA two parent, one-household dynamic used to be the standard family unit in decades past. However, since nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, the reality is that these days some parents must carry on their parental roles separate from the other parent. Even when parents make their best attempts to keep a family a unit, it is sometimes best to end a marriage for everyone involved. Thus, parents in Illinois and elsewhere need to consider how they can meet the needs of their child moving forward.

Even in a divorce situation, the child's ability to have a happy and healthy future is increased when both his or her mother and father are present in their life. Thus, when it comes to child custody arrangements, it is ideal to develop a shared custody agreement. While it is apparent that shared parenting is not always possible, for example when there is need to preserve protection from an abusive or negligent parent, current research suggests the shared custody should be the norm for children of all ages.

How can you protect your children during the divorce process?

47215401_S.jpgParents in Illinois will go to the ends of the world in order to protect their children. While it is impossible to protect young ones from all the risks, downfalls and upsetting situations in life, parents have the ability to reduce the negative impact certain life events can have on their children. This is especially true for those parents ending a marriage. It is clear that this process will alter the life of their children; however, there are opportunities to reduce this.

In a contentious and high-conflict divorce, there are many opportunities for emotions to run high, disputes to arise and children to be used as pawns. When parents are fighting throughout the divorce process, it can negatively affect their children. Thus, divorcing parents need to be aware of their options and ways they could prevent such an outcome.

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