Whether married or unmarried, parents in Illinois face a wide variety of challenges. While most of these involve how best to raise a child, some parents fight to assert their parental rights. In some cases, fathers are not instantly afforded parental rights when a child is born. Sometimes a father must take certain steps to invoke his rights, because it must be proven that he is in fact the father.
The divorce rate in the United States is quite high. Some statistics put it at 50 percent, others closer to one-third. Either number represents a common and sad outcome for many couples. But there are those who do not follow through with legal divorce proceedings even though their marriage is irretrievably broken.
Parents in Illinois who are concerned about issues related to paternity need to be aware of basic facts regarding how it is established, which could help avoid any long-term disputes. This is in the best interest of the child as well as the biological parents. Unfortunately, one of the most common legal issues that comes up has to do with paternity. Therefore, it is important to know as much as possible about it in the event that there is a disagreement from any perspective.
A 2011 Psychology Today blog discusses how fathers are important to the development of the child. To many readers today, that might sound like an overly obvious point. However, the doctor who wrote the piece addresses how the value placed in fatherhood has changed over time, from Biblical times to today.
If you are father engaged in a custody dispute with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, chances are that you are concerned about dealing with a custody evaluator. After all, who wants to their parenting decisions judged by a third party when the other parent is looking for information to be unearthed (whether true or not) that can affect their rights to custody and parenting time.
We can all agree that divorce can be difficult financially on both parties involved. This includes the spouse who works 60-70 hours per week outside the home (commonly the father), as well as the stay-at-home spouse who has taken time to raise the children (in most instances, the mother). Both parties may believe that a potential financial settlement may be patently unfair, but this post should help both parties understand that their version of a "fair" settlement may be unattainable
For fathers, having the opportunity to be in your child's life should be an easy question to answer. However, the challenges of decision-making disputes and emotional battles with the other parent can make parenting difficult. Additionally, the uncertainty of how a family court judge may view you can raise your anxiety.