When Missouri parents get a divorce, they may be concerned about child custody negotiations and how much time they will be able to spend with their children. Some fathers might be worried that the rights of the mother will be prioritized over the rights of the father although both parents are supposed to have equal footing in a custody dispute.
Fathers in Missouri who were not married when their child was born will need to file a petition to establish paternity to enjoy the same rights as fathers who were married to a child's mother when the child was born. This is true even if a father's name is on the birth certificate and there is no doubt that he is the father of the child.
Many fathers in Illinois might be inclined to think that judges who rule in their family law cases might have a predisposition to rule in favor of mothers when it comes to child custody. A recent case from another state highlights how a judge's personal opinions might intrude into the adjudication of a case -- even if, ultimately, it does not affect the outcome.
Child custody cases can get confusing enough. However, throw in immigration law and accusations of child abuse and the entire situation can quickly become even more complicated.
Many dads want equal parenting time. Yet, they find themselves stuck with just seeing their kids every other weekend, sparingly for a week night dinner -- and in some cases -- for a few weeks in the summer. However, the issue is no longer being brushed under the rug, and instead many states -- including Illinois -- are considering child custody laws that reflect a situation closer to equal parenting time.
It is not uncommon for fathers to feel like they have lost their place and have an uncertain status with their children after a divorce. Fathers may be left out of family events, friend circles and activities with neighbors they used to share their lives with. Fathers in Illinois and nationwide may have a difficult time adjusting to new personal and social arrangements after divorce.