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illinois child visitation attorneyMany believe that Illinois divorce and paternity judges refuse or fail to award sufficient time for fathers or noncustodial parents to be with their children.

Those who believe that fathers are shorted visitation time with their children cite a long-standing tradition in Illinois of giving noncustodial parents, particularly fathers, not enough time with their children to maintain the bond necessary for their proper development. There are those who believe that a father's consistency in visitation is essential for a child to grow up having a positive male role model. Those fathers that are ready and willing to provide that role model are not being granted the opportunity to do so, say the proponents of recent changes in the law proposed in Springfield.

In a recent, May 25, 2014, Illinois Review publication of the Illinois State Bar Association was the introduction of proposed changes in family visitation law in Illinois aiming at increasing the minimum award of parenting time judges must award to noncustodial parents in recognition of this concern. A bill aimed at increasing the minimum amount of parenting time judges must award to noncustodial parents is headed to the House floor, but its ultimate fate is uncertain.

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When it comes to love and marriage, life can always throw that proverbial curve ball. The guy doesn’t always get the girl, and now a days, the mom doesn’t always get the kids. According to the Huffington Post, there are several myths and facts that all divorcing fathers need to know.

TheresaThe court does not automatically decide that the kids are better off in the home of the mother. It is a common myth that even if the father can prove that he is more stable addition able to care for the children that the courts are not inclined to separate the children from their mothers. It is common that the marital household has dual incomes but even then, there is usually one parent that bears most of the parental responsibility. This facet is a very important one when considering child custody.

The goal of the court is to keep from disrupting the lives of the children as much as possible, as divorce itself is disruptive enough. If the father of the child is more or at least equally involved in the child’s life and displays a vested interest in the child’s activities, then dad has a better chance of being awarded primary custody. Examples of things that may be considered include taking the children to school, involvement in extracurricular activities, making meals and attending doctor’s appointments.

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