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How do I get a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity set aside?

A previous post on this blog discussed how men in Springfield, Illinois, can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity as an easy way to become the legal father of a child.

Signing this Acknowledgement grants important fathers' rights to the man, but along with those rights, it also imparts important responsibilities, including the responsibility to support the child financially.

The Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity in Illinois

This blog has discussed on previous occasion how DNA testing works when it comes to paternity and what a Springfield, Illinois, father might expect if he decides to go to court to establish paternity.

However, there is another way that a dad wh13689271_S.jpgo is not legally married to the mother of his child can establish paternity quickly and efficiently. This option, called a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, just involves properly completing a form prepared by the State of Illinois.

How grandparents can obtain custody

89016605_S.jpgAs this blog has explained previously, grandparents' rights are somewhat limited in Illinois, as the law of this state expresses a strong preference for a child's legal parents to raise that child and make important decisions on his or her behalf.

However, there is a way, called a guardianship, for Springfield grandparents to obtain child custody over the grandchildren, although this way is only available in limited circumstances, such as when neither of the child's parents are willing or able to care for their child.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

38961818_S.jpgOne unique aspect of military family law is that the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act may apply to child custody, paternity, divorce or child support actions involving an active duty member of the military, particularly when that person is deployed.

It is relatively odd that federal law regulates topics that are normally matters left up to the different states, but Congress thought it was appropriate that soldiers and sailors who were away serving the United States should not have to worry about various legal matters taking place at home, especially litigation that the servicemember simply cannot attend or devote time to.

How we advocate for a father's joint custody rights

72011011_S.jpgDue to a recent change in Illinois law, it is now more appropriate to talk about commonly known family law concepts such as "custody" and "parenting time" as an "allocation of parental responsibilities." Parental responsibilities include not only seeing one's child, but also how Illinois parents will make decisions on big issues like healthcare, religion and education.

In short, what was once thought of as joint custody is now just a subset of "parental responsibilities" that a court, or the two parents, must cover as part of a comprehensive parenting plan, which is supposed to lay down ground rules for a couple going through a divorce or other child custody case.

Parenting coordinators as resource in custody cases

38746099_S.jpgA previous post on this blog talked about how a guardian ad litem can be a valuable resource to fathers, as well as mothers, when it comes to solving a child custody case. This blog has also mentioned that mediation is a good way for parents to work out their issues regarding child custody and parenting time outside of court.

Yet another resource Springfield, Illinois, parents can use when working through a child custody dispute is a parenting coordinator. A parenting coordinator is not the same as a guardian ad litem or custody mediator, but they do many of the same things.

How a guardian ad litem can benefit fathers

25281074_S (1).jpgLike several states, Illinois courts may use a guardian ad litem in a child custody case. The reason for appointing a guardian ad litem is so the court can have a better idea of what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child.

Generally speaking, a guardian ad litem, or GAL, is an attorney, but does not have to be. In custody cases, the GAL's role is to investigate the child's living circumstances and also to speak with those involved in the child's life, as well as the child. After doing an investigation, the GAL files a report with the court summarizing their conclusions and making recommendations to the judge. The judge does not have to accept these recommendations, and either parent may contest or add to the GAL's report or call the GAL as a witness in the custody case.

The importance of fighting for joint legal custody

26961386_S.jpgMany Springfield, Illinois, residents get very focused on how much time they get to spend with their children and for good reason. After all, it is very hard for a dad to bond with his children and develop his relationship with them if he's only allowed to see them on a very limited basis.

However, dads should also be concerned about advocating for one of the most important fathers' rights, which is the right to ask an Illinois court hearing their custody case to award joint legal custody.

We can help in a child support dispute over income

54552140_S (1).jpgA previous post discussed how, even with the recent changes in the way Illinois determines child support, the income of each parent still makes a lot of difference when it comes to determining the dollar amount of a parent's weekly child support payment.

While a Springfield, Illinois, resident might think that figuring out each parent's income is relatively straightforward, such is not always the case. Sometimes, a person makes irregular income that can be hard to average or even calculate correctly. At other times, a parent makes income from sources other than employment or self-employment, and this circumstance can be grounds for a dispute.

What constitutes income for child support purposes?

11494725_S.jpgAlthough child support in Illinois is determined by a set formula, even under the recently revised guidelines, how much a parent should pay can still be a controversial family law question. After all, Springfield couples can argue quite a bit about what raw numbers should go in to the Illinois' child support formula, especially when it comes to deciding how much income each parent makes.

In Illinois, a parent's income includes every dollar that the parent makes, even if the income is not taxable under either federal or Illinois law. This means that all income should be included in child support calculations, even if that income can later be offset by expenses.

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