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Despite Better Laws, Parenting Rights of Fathers Are Still Lacking in Illinois

 Posted on July 05, 2016 in Child Custody

Lombard family law attorneysIn 2016, changes were made to divorce and parenting laws to better reflect the modern family and ensure the best interest of children were more accurately considered. But, even in light of these changes, there is still much work to be done to protect the rights of fathers. Though studies show they are an integral part in the development and upbringing of children, many fathers still struggle to receive fair consideration in front of a judge. To bring awareness to this problem, single dads recently rallied outside Lake County Courthouse.

One in Three Children Do Not Live With Their Father

According to statistics, approximately one in three American children do not reside with their fathers. Of course, in divorce or in other situations where a parental allocation of responsibilities is necessary, the goal is not necessarily to have the children reside with one parent or the other, but to ensure each parent receives a fair and reasonable amount of time with their child. Fathers, although given more consideration in courts, still often feel as if the scales are not appropriately balanced.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time in Illinois

With the retirement of terms like “child custody” and “visitation,” Illinois law sought to calm the fire that often rages during child-related court issues. In kind, fathers have been receiving more attention and consideration in courts, but it is still possible that the traditional ideals regarding the roles mothers may still be a factor in the court’s decisions in matters pertaining to the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) and parenting time (visitation). This, for a number of reasons, can be quite problematic for fathers, and for the family as a whole.

Father’s Rights Must Be Protected

In today’s modern age, more and more fathers are choosing to be stay-at-home parents, and even those that do not stay home are taking a more active role in the upbringing of their children. They have become just as nurturing, attentive, and integral in the day-to-day lives as mothers. As such, their special and unique bond with their children should be carefully and aggressively protected.

At A. Traub & Associates, we understand the important roles of fathers. Highly experienced and knowledgeable in the complex laws pertaining to father’s rights, we fight vehemently to ensure they receive fair consideration and legal rights protection, both in and out of the courtroom. Assert your right to parent by hiring an attorney that believes you deserve more. Call our experienced DuPage County father’s rights attorneys at 630-426-0196 to schedule your initial consultation today.



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