Winning Sole-Custody as a Single Father
Every year, thousands of Americans make the difficult decision to file for divorce. For many couples, divorce represents a new lease on life, full of exciting possibilities. Yet, for parents fighting for sole custody of their children, the divorce process can be incredibly nerve-wracking. Many fathers believe that winning sole-custody of their children is a near impossibility. In all reality, fathers win custody routinely, throughout the United States, but it is important to work with your attorneys on how to approach your custody battle. If you believe that you should possess custody of your children, contact an experienced legal team, as soon as possible.
Custody and Fatherhood Throughout the United States
Every parent wants to have a relationship with their children, tragically for many fathers, they are robbed of any semblance of a parental relationship. Throughout the United States, a staggering 27% of fathers have no contact with their children at all. In many cases, this is due to the difficulty that fathers face winning custody battles.
According to statistics compiled by the United States Department of Commerce, only one in every six custodial parents are fathers. Even when fathers win custody of their children, they have a harder time securing child support agreements, in comparison to single mothers. While over half of all single mothers receive child support payments from their former spouse, only 30% of all sole-custody fathers receive any form of child support.
How You Can Help Yourself
Recognizing that it can be difficult to win sole-custody as a father, it is important to do everything you can to give yourself an advantage in the custody battle. Make sure to be as involved as possible in your child’s life, attend extracurricular activities, and maintain a relationship with their teachers. If you are moving to a new home, make sure that there is a room dedicated to your child. Taking the little steps to prove to a judge that you are responsible and ready to be a full-time single parent, can make all the difference in winning custody.
Contact an Illinois Child Custody Lawyer
At Aldrich & Siedlarz, P.C., our legal team is committed to ensuring that you and your family maintain a quality standard of living, post-divorce. Whether through aggressive representation in custody battles or working to secure child support payments from your former spouse, our team is confident in our ability to fight for your future. Our firm is proud to offer bilingual consultations to Polish speaking clients, in the greater Chicago area. To schedule a complimentary meeting with a Lombard family law attorney, call us today at 630-953-3000.