Fighting for Custodial Rights and Spousal Support as a Father
Throughout the United States, conventional gender roles have essentially been nixed as it pertains to the family unit. Now there are more bread-winning wives and thousands of stay-at-home fathers. Yet still, it can be difficult for divorcing fathers to receive the treatment they deserve throughout the legal process. Whether your issues revolve around securing financial support or alimony from your former spouse or gaining custody of your children, a father needs to be diligently prepared as they get ready for court. If you are a father preparing for a divorce, speak with a skilled attorney immediately.
Fighting for Custody
If your custody case is to be decided in court, it is important to know how the court will make their decision. Here in the state of Illinois, the court will determine which parent should have primary custody of the children involved by considering a number of criteria. These criteria include the child’s physical and mental health, the parent’s interest in their academic performance, and the living space provided by each parent. Recognizing this, it is important that your household is clean and properly equipped to house a child.
It is equally important to spend significant time with your child, understand their interests and academic challenges. Despite the fact that there are over 2.6 million custodial fathers throughout the United States, courts still tend to favor the mother as it pertains to custody, so preparation is critical.
Fighting for Spousal Maintenance
If you have been awarded custody of your child, it is likely because you spent a significant amount of time with them during the marriage. For many custodial parents, that often means that they were unable to work a full-time job during the full-duration of the marriage. In these instances, securing spousal maintenance payments from your former spouse can be of the utmost importance.
Spousal maintenance can allow you to take care of your child and maintain a level of financial security as you look to get back into the workforce. Much like child custody, fathers tend to have some difficulties securing maintenance and should speak with a qualified legal professional if they are looking to receive spousal maintenance from their former spouse.
Contact a Lombard Divorce Lawyer
At Aldrich & Siedlarz, we fully understand how challenging the divorce process can be for the entire family. Fathers especially are likely to face anxiety due to the statistics that suggest difficulty in securing custody or alimony. Fortunately, our firm is dedicated to helping you finalize your divorce in a manner that will enable you to live a happy and financially stable life. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County family law professional, call us today at 630-953-3000.