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Interference can impact a father's relationship with his child

42941577_S.jpgParents would do anything for their kids, and when parents must share their children's time with their ex, it can be hard on everyone to find a good balance of how and when to be together. For some Illinois families, following the terms of child custody and visitation agreements are straightforward and the parties respect each other's time with their shared children. For others, respecting their ex's right to have interactions with their children is next to impossible.

What rights does an unmarried father have?

123247652_S.jpgBecoming a parent is a joyous if not stressful event in the life of an Illinois man. While he may not experience all of the physical pressures that his partner will undergo in order to bring a child into the world, he may share with her the worry and excitement, fear and love that take over as their baby's due date gets closer and closer. The arrival of a baby may bring him and his partner closer together, or it may stress their relationship to the point of ending it.

Establishing paternity has many legal ramifications

30155891_S.jpgParents often take pride in the actions and accomplishments of their children. From birth, parents may revel in the many ways their new babies change from day to day, and as their children age they may marvel in the skills and talents their kids acquire through hard work and practice. Being a parent is a rewarding if difficult role that many Illinois residents choose to embrace.

Establish paternity to avoid losing parental rights

24930595_S.jpgPrevious posts on this Springfield family law blog have discussed what paternity is and how it may be established. Paternity is the existence of a biological connection between a man and a child that demonstrates that the man is the child's father. When a man is married to a woman who gives birth or acknowledges that he is a father when a child is born he may also be legally recognized as the child's dad.

What is a paternity test?

12054218_S.jpgThe birth of a child can be a wonderful time in the life of the new baby's parents. While most Illinois residents embrace the opportunity to raise children and grow their families, others may face serious and even traumatic legal issues if they are uncertain of their roles in the children's lives. Particularly, men who are not certain if they are the biological fathers of children born to their spouses and partners may question what role, if any, they should place in the lives of the children.

Brad Pitt gets more time with his children

41108923_S.jpgAfter a divorce it can be difficult for a family to find balance, especially when children were involved in the process of undoing a marital relationship. Many Illinois parents struggle to discover ways of ensuring that parent-child bonds remain strong. For one former celebrity couple, court intervention was necessary to ensure that the father's options for seeing and communicating with his kids were not infringed upon by their mother.

Why is it important to establish legal paternity?

22077733_S.jpgUnder certain circumstances, a child is presumed to be the offspring of a woman and a particular man. For example, when the child is born to a married Illinois couple then it is presumed that the man and woman are the child's biological parents. However, as readers of this family legal blog know, not all children are born to couples who have chosen to establish their relationships through marriage.

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.

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