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Do Mothers Automatically Get Full Custody in Illinois?

Posted on in Divorce

IL divorce lawyerNot so long ago, divorce laws in virtually every state enshrined the belief that children really only needed their mothers after divorce. Too many fathers lost their ability to create and maintain crucial relationships with their children, and many of those children suffered because of the loss of their father in their lives.

Fortunately, things are a little different today. Illinois’ divorce laws now recognize the importance of both parents in a child’s life and the law gives preference to having both parents legally involved whenever it would be in the best interests of the child. This does not mean that fathers never have to aggressively advocate for their parenting rights, but the work it takes to protect a relationship with a child is well worth it. Here are some tips for fathers who are hoping to increase their chances of getting parenting time (visitation) and parental responsibilities (custody) in Illinois.

Create a Child-Friendly Home

There are certain things all parents can do to make their house a comfortable and appropriate environment for children. Make sure the children’s physical needs are met, that they are fed healthy food and that you are present and available for them when they are with you. Courts do take children’s preferences into account when they are old enough, and you can increase your chances of your children wanting to be with you by giving them a happy home.

Set Your Children Up For Success Outside of the Home

There are so many after-school athletic programs, music lessons, religious education networks, and community centers that parents looking for activities for their children have virtually endless options. Living in a great school district, meeting parents with children of similar ages, and generally being an involved, proactive parent will help show the courts that you take your role as a father seriously.

Nurture Your Relationship With Your Child

Having a great relationship with a child does not happen by chance; it happens over many years and seemingly never-ending decisions to love and support your child. Divorce can be traumatic for children, and they may react in ways that you struggle to understand. Nevertheless, establishing a close relationship with your child - even when they are sharing time with their other parent - will help strengthen your bond, as well as increase your chances of getting custody.

Call an Experienced Will County Child Custody Lawyer

If you are getting divorced and wondering what it might mean for your relationship with your child, call a skilled Joliet, IL parental responsibilities attorney with Reeder & Brown, P.C.. We have helped many concerned parents protect their parental rights during and following divorce, and we will work hard to answer your questions and provide outstanding service. Call us today at 815-768-4800 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=075000050HPt%2E+VI&ActID=2086ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8675000&SeqEnd=12200000

 

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