Advocating For The Father-Child Relationship
A father can be one of the most influential figures in a child’s life. Preserving that relationship is my main goal when we work together to protect your paternal rights. I have been practicing family law for more than 25 years. I know the legal system and how it affects fathers. I will bring that knowledge and experience to help you fight for your family.
In the U.S., mothers and fathers are given equal rights to custody of children during a divorce. Both are awarded the same opportunities until rights are either denied or are surrendered. However, I recognize that sometimes, courts side with mothers in family law issues. Having an experienced attorney on your side will help protect you from bias.
Issues You Should Know About
As a father seeking legal rights to your child, there are certain issues you need to be aware of:
- An important first step to establishing your rights as a father is confirming paternity. This was probably done at birth, but you may need to take a paternity test.
- Custody rights can look different for fathers depending on your marital status. If you were not married to the mother of your child, you will need to take extra steps to assert your rights. If you are separated or divorced from the mother, you are already given rights to custody and parenting time. Now, you will need to negotiate them with your co-parent.
- Often, fathers must fight for adequate parenting time and access to their children. Getting the time you deserve is crucial to maintaining a healthy relationship with your family.
- If you are asked to provide child support, it is important to discuss those terms with not only the mother of your child, but also your attorney.
I understand your rights and can fight for you as a father. I will sit down with you and get to know your unique situation so that we can best advocate for your family, whether that means mediation, negotiation or litigation.
Connect With The Law Office of Mary Davis, P.C.
If you are concerned about your rights, reach out to my office. We will set up a free initial consultation and create a legal strategy specific to you. Call 630-748-8819 or contact me through the online form. I work with clients in and near the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will.