The structure of the typical American family has changed since the turn of the century. While stay-at-home dads numbered fewer than one out of every 100 fathers before the year 2000, that number has more than tripled to greater than 2.5 of every 100 fathers living life as a full time dad. The trend toward greater male involvement in the life of children is clear; the impact this involvement will have in child custody cases is anything but clear, however.
It's no secret that children are often conceived by accident, outside of wedlock, and parents sometimes consider alternative choices such as adoption or abortion. What often happens is that the mother makes the executive decision of whether or not the keep and raise the baby. Fathers sometimes have little say in the matter. However, according to Illinois law, fathers do have a say. So what steps can a father take to prevent the mother of his child from giving the child up for adoption?
According to Joseph Cordell, founder of DadsDivorce.com, there is a disparity between the child support enforcement and custody enforcement. Cordell argues this disparity tends to show the financial responsibilities of rearing a child is held in higher regard than the emotional connection of a child to a parent. Cordell does make a valid point that a disparity exists in the enforcement of child support orders verses the enforcement of child custody orders.