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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, statistics from 2014 show that 40.2 percent of the babies that were born in the U.S., were born to unwed mothers. While some of these mothers were likely in committed relationships and even cohabitating with a baby's biological father, when it comes to paternity and a father's legal rights to parent his child, the courts have the final say.
When it comes to child custody matters in te state of Illinois, just what a party is facing will depend on the specific circumstances the person is in. While divorcing couples may need to establish who the children will be with, when, things can be even more complex for those who never married. This is particularly true where fathers are concerned as in these situations, it is first necessary to establish that one is in fact the father.
This weekend, families all over the nation will celebrate Father's Day. The modern American family comes in all shapes and sizes. One particular kind of family will have a very specific reason to celebrate this weekend. When families are headed up by single fathers, this day takes on a unique meaning. For not only is fatherhood a reason for celebration, single fatherhood is a reality that allows many families to thrive despite unique obstacles.