Fathers' Rights in Illinois

Illinois Child Custody Lawyers Protect Your Interests

In the old days when our divorce and family laws were first drafted it was common for the man to be the breadwinner and for the woman to raise the children and keep the home. If the couple divorced, the woman was usually granted custody and the man to be ordered to pay child support and alimony.

However, the world has changed. Women have made many career and financial advances so that men today are not always the breadwinners. Men have started to take a more active role in raising children, which means women are not always the primary caregivers.

Supporting Families, No Matter What the Situation

In some cases, men should be granted custody as well as spousal maintenance awards. When times changed and old attitudes failed to keep up, the idea of a fathers’ rights evolved to help support non-traditional families.

This includes:

  • Custody laws were rewritten based upon the court's determination of what is in the "best interest of the child"
  • The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) is gender neutral with no mention of men or women, only parents
  • The continued use of fathers’ rights to gain advantage in court

Are You a Father in Illinois?

When you are going through a divorce, retain the services of our skilled Illinois divorce attorneys to help protect the rights of both you and your children. We offer free phone consultations to get you started and have multiple offices across the state to help. Visit us in Oak Park, Mokena, Aurora, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, St. Charles, Northbrook, Schaumburg, or Chicago Loop today.

When you have a case, call Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

  • In Cook County: (708) 480-9651
  • In DuPage, Kane, or Kendall Counties: (630) 528-0734
  • In Will, Kankakee, Grundy, or South Cook Counties: (815) 458-5660