This is the first post in a series which will discuss the rights of unmarried fathers in Peoria, Illinois. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many unwed dads are unsure of what rights and obligations they have when relations break down with the mother of their child. The goal of my coming posts is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. I also hope to provide information which will allow you to make an informed decision when choosing a child custody lawyer. If you have questions then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues I will analyze include:
- Why it is important to establish paternity and child custody
- The process for establishing child custody
- Conducting discovery during a child custody proceeding
- Attending trial in such a matter
There are several reasons why Illinois fathers should understand these topics. First, a dad will not have any right to visit his child until paternity has been established. This is because, in the eyes of the law, one is not considered the “father” without a recognition of paternity. Second, while the process of obtaining a final custody order can be lengthy, temporary relief can be quickly obtained. Such relief will allow a parent to see his child almost immediately. Third, it is important to recognize that discovery is crucial to building one’s case. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
I cannot stress enough the fact that dads should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible if they are in a disagreement with their child’s mother. The longer one allows the current situation to continue then the more the Court becomes likely to consider it the “status quo” that should remain in place. By addressing the situation now you help to ensure a quality relationship with your child. I am a Peoria fathers’ rights attorney who stands up for dads. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.