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Hillside divorce lawyer fathers' rightsEvery year, thousands of American couples make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. A divorce can represent an opportunity to start a new and independent life. However, when children are involved, the divorce process can be incredibly tense. For fathers, a divorce can be frightening, considering the overwhelming statistical evidence that the majority of sole-custody parents are mothers. If you are looking to secure significant parental responsibilities as a father, you need quality legal assistance. 

Securing Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities 

Due to recent changes in Illinois’ state law, child custody is now referred to as the “allocation of parental responsibilities.” While both parents will typically receive some amount of “parenting time” (as long as there are no issues regarding domestic abuse or other criminal activity), one parent may still be the primary residential parent. As a father, it is important to understand the steps you need to take in order to remain a primary figure in your child’s life, including: 

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Child Custody in Illinois

Oak Park divorce child custody lawyerMany of the most significant concerns at the end of a marriage revolve around the future of the children. These worries often become so great that couples frequently stay in a unhealthy relationship to avoid any discomfort that the children may encounter. However, recent studies have shown that children of divorced parents are resilient, and they can often quickly overcome even the most difficult situations. Often, the adults are more frightened than the children due to the adults’ fear of the unknown. To help alleviate those concerns, we will answer some of the more common questions about child custody, which is now legally called the allocation of parental responsibilities in Illinois.

Will Both Parents Get to Spend Time With Children?

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Illinois family law attorneyYears of study, observation, and information have shown that children may be at risk for mental and emotional issues if their parents go through a divorce. Now, more recent information is suggesting that the negative effect is more a product of a contentious divorce, and not just a divorce itself. A new study backs this recent revelation; it suggests that bitter divorce could negatively impact a child’s immune system, perhaps for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, there are ways that parents can reduce this risk. The following information explains how.

Contentious Divorce versus Amicable Divorce

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parenting time in illinois, Oak Park divorce attorneyHistorically, divorce meant that children lost the close connection they had with at least one of their parents. This was often true, even in cases where both parents would have been considered fit to care for the child. Why did this happen, and have things changed? Fortunately, there are ways to improve the outcome of a divorce for your child.

How Divorce Has Changed

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illinois child residential preference, oak park custody lawyerAs we begin the New Year, it appears that the divorce rate for American couples remains in perpetual motion. Per the American Psychological Association (APA), a leading scientific and professional organization, the U.S. divorce rate is between 40 to 50 percent.

It is also estimated that 50 percent of all children in this country will experience the divorce of their parents before turning 18 years old. Based on state law, age, and maturity level, the majority of these children can voice their wishes as to which parent they would prefer to live with

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