While there is no cut-and-dry answer to this question, one report in 2018 showed that our state's fathers are typically awarded 32 percent less parenting time than mothers. Research, across the board, shows that states lack sufficient laws to support, or to entice court decisions for equal shared parenting time.
Establishing paternity is an important part of solidifying the relationship between an Illinois father and his child. As previously discussed on this blog, one way paternity can be proven is through DNA testing that compares the genetic material of a man to that of his purported child. Paternity testing happens after a child is born to either give a father rights or to require a father to pay child support.
Parents 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.
Becoming 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.
Parents 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.
Previous 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.
The 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.
After 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.
Under 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.
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.