Going through a divorce can be an incredibly stressful experience for many reasons, but the most devastating is finding out you no longer have the right to be with your children. For many fathers, this is often the case, during a divorce when both parties seek full custody of their children. If you are the father, you have the right to participate in your children’s life, and your children have the right to be with their paternal father, regardless of whether or not you were married to the mother.
Father’s rights aren’t at all about being anti-female or anti-mom, it’s about fighting for what is fair. It is about fighting for the right of a father to remain part of their children’s lives even after something as stressful as a divorce, or even if a couple had a child out of wed-lock. I can provide you with the skill and knowledge it takes to settle your case in the courtroom. I will represent you in court and provide you with the best legal advice throughout your custody battle.
As a resident of Illinois, having reunited many fathers with their children, I have the experience required to address any unfair custody or visitation issues after a divorce. Since the lack of father’s rights in Illinois State law is evident, it is crucial that you get an attorney who not only specializes in family law, but is also skilled in resolving father’s rights issues that arise during a divorce.
As circuit courts in the State of Illinois all follow the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, circuit courts also have the power to pass their own rulings on matters of divorce. Under section 401 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, only one member of an intimate relationship needs to reside in the State of Illinois for the matter to fall within Illinois jurisdiction. During this process, the Illinois court will determine who gets the custody of the child or children, after considering the child’s best interest. During the decision-making process, the court is going to consider factors such as:
As the principal attorney at McAuley Family Law, I will advise and facilitate you throughout the process to prove paternity, fight for your rights to visitation, or to show the court that your custody is in the best interests of your children. If you are a father and need a zealous advocate to fight for your rights, I can help. To schedule a free consultation, contact me today at 224-633-3320 or click here to schedule your consultation online. I represent clients in Cook, Lake & McHenry Counties and throughout all of Illinois.