Despite shifts in people's attitudes and changes in societal awareness, many men in Illinois may remain very concerned about their ability to stay connected to their children during and after a divorce. The role of fathers in children's lives is essential and it is important that a parenting plan or custody agreement take this into account for the good of the kids.
There are many different fathers' rights topics that may need to be taken into consideration by someone who is going through the end of their marriage. Not only do concerns related to the financial side of divorce often arise, such as alimony payments and calculating child support, but there are many other facets of family law that can be particularly difficult for some fathers. For example, a bitter custody dispute over kids may surface and during this battle, a father's former partner may falsely accuse them of family violence, which could shatter their life in more than one way.
The moment that you learn you are going to be a father can be quite shocking, particularly if you are not married to the child's mother. Many men from Bloomington come to us here at the Stange Law Firm in this scenario with the same sentiments. Some may be excited at the prospect, others may question the validity of such claims, and others might feel conflicted. Whichever of those groups you happen to fall into, it is important that you understand the local laws regarding men in your position.