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What are an unmarried father's rights in a child custody case?

If you're a Rockford man who has fathered a child and you are not married to the mother, you may have questions about what your rights and responsibilities will be towards that child. This is especially true if your relationship with the mother comes to an end and you are concerned that you need to exercise your legal rights. Can unmarried fathers fight for child custody or visitation?

Bill seeks to equalize parents in child custody hearings

Some Rockford fathers may have a particular fear when heading into a hearing regarding the custody of one or more of their children. That fear is that a judge will automatically assume that the children should stay with their mother, leaving the father with sometimes meager visitation rights or the burden of proof as to why he should have anything greater. This fear is not without a basis in history.

Illinois family law on the rights of adoptive parents

We spent some time last week discussing stepparent adoption for our Rockford readers. This week, we'll back it up a step and talk about something that any potential adoptive parents -- including those working with a private agency should understand: the rights, as well as the responsibilities, of adoptive parents according to family law in Illinois. The discussion is provided as general information and does not constitute specific legal advice.

How does stepparent adoption work? (Part 2)

As noted previously here on our Rockford family law blog, stepparents seeking to adopt their stepchildren will need to obtain the consent of the child's other birth parent (assuming that person hasn't already lost his or her parental rights). There are certain measures, however, that stepparents may be able to take within the family law system in order to terminate the other birth parent's rights and move ahead with the adoption even if that person does not consent to it.

How does stepparent adoption work? (Part 1)

As common as it is for Rockford parents to divorce nowadays, many will find themselves getting married for a second time at some point in their lives. When a spouse becomes a stepparent, questions of adoption and family law commonly arise. Is it difficult to adopt one's stepchildren, and what about the consent of their other birth parent? Let's take a look at the answer to this question, with the understanding that the information is not intended as specific legal advice, but as general in nature only.

What does Illinois say about grandparents' rights?

As more parents in Illinois and throughout the country suffer from addiction in the current opioid crisis, grandparents are increasingly raising their grandchildren when the parents are unable to do so. It's important for these grandparents today to understand their rights when questions of visitation or child custody arise concerning their grandchildren.

Grandparents' rights increasingly important in opioid crisis

The opioid crisis in America is, thankfully, receiving more and more attention in the media. It was recently declared a public health emergency by the President. As more young parents struggling with addiction end up in prison, in treatment, or dead, the responsibility of raising their children is increasingly falling on the grandparents.

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