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Wheaton child custody lawyersThe vast majority of parents yearn to remain a part of their child’s life, even after their divorce has been finalized. While a divorce signifies a monumental change in a person’s life, it should not rob a supportive and responsible parent of a relationship with their child. For fathers, winning custodial rights can be an incredibly difficult proposition. According to the United States Department of Commerce, only 17.5% of sole-custody parents are fathers. If you are attempting to gain custody of your child, find a legal team that you can believe in, and begin taking the necessary steps to convince a judge that you are prepared for independent fatherhood.

Steps Towards Earning Sole-Custody

Fighting for a role in your child’s life after a divorce can be incredibly difficult as a father. Research conducted by the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), found that a staggering 27% of all American fathers have no regular contact with their children. If you want to gain custodial rights as a father, it is important to know what steps you can take throughout the divorce process to convince a judge that you are ready for the parenting responsibilities.

Prepare for Your Child: If you truly believe that you are prepared to take on a permanent custody role, your living situation should reflect that. Make sure that you have prepared a bedroom and comfortable living situation for your child, maintain a level of cleanliness that is suitable for a child, and avoid having an abundance of alcohol or any drug paraphernalia at your house. A judge will want to know that your living situation will be a stable and safe place for your children; doing the little things can make a big difference.


Most parents want to spend time with their children, even after divorce or separation. This may apply, even if the other parent seems unreliable or uninterested in the child's welfare. Unfortunately, dealing with such a parent can be a stressful situation for both you and your child. Further, any failure on your part to adhere to the parenting plan, or to make an effort to include the other parent, can land you in legal trouble. Protect your child's emotional well-being and your personal welfare when dealing with an unreliable co-parent by using the following co-parenting tips.

Keep the Other Parent Informed

Regardless of whether or not they seem interested in the things happening in your child's day-to-day life, it is important that you keep the unreliable parent informed. This is especially important if something major comes up, such as a move or health condition. Doing so protects you from potential legal consequences, which the unreliable parent may push for if they feel you have somehow slighted them. Unfair as it seems, they do have the right to do so, and they have the right to stay informed about your child (unless their parental rights have been terminated).


When it comes to parenting after divorce, there are almost as many ways to do it a there are couples. Nesting - a fast growing trend - is just one. If it is something that you and your spouse are currently considering, you should first understand the advantages and disadvantages. Secondly, it is important to know how to make this post-divorce parenting model work for you. The following provides some tips.

What is the Nesting Divorce?

The nesting divorce is a model in which the children get the house and the parents rotate in and out to spend their allotted parenting time with their children. Some share an apartment outside the home to save on rent, or they may each have their own space. Nearly all make some serious sacrifices to make this divorce model work.


Most parents recognize that they are not the only ones hurting during divorce. Children, who once had a whole family, living under one roof, must now split their time between two homes and two parents. This, in and of itself, can be stressful, but many also assume responsibility for the dissolution of a marriage, or blame one or both of their parents. When paired with the upending of their lives, this can lead to problems with depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues at home and/or school. However, parents can help children survive divorce and better adjust in the months and years after by avoiding some of the most common divorce mistakes.

Be Willing to Take an Honest Look at Your Own Behavior

When going through the emotional stress of a divorce, it can be difficult to take an objective look at your behavior, but unless you are willing to do so, you will never really be able to determine if there is, in fact, a problem with the way you are reacting to your child or your spouse. So, regardless of how you are feeling, be willing to at least try and take a step back to examine your behavior. If you need help from a therapist or a close, trusted family member or friend, seek it out. This can help you be better equipped to help your child in the weeks, months, and even years following a divorce.


Whether you are going through a divorce, have completed your divorce, or have never married the mother or father of your child, you have the right to pursue parenting time (formerly known as visitation) with your child. Furthermore, if a court order agreement is put into place, you have the right to seek enforcement if your right to parenting time is being denied or otherwise violated. Understand your options and how an attorney can assist you in pursuit or enforcement of your parental rights.

Modifying Parenting Time Orders and Resolving Issues Peaceably

Sometimes, parenting time orders must change to fit the family's ever-evolving needs. Or, it could simply be a case in which certain factors were not accounted for or foreseen when developing a parenting plan. If this is the case in your situation, every effort should be made to resolve the matter peaceably. Family counseling, parenting classes, and guided modification of the current order are just a few of your options. Our DuPage County allocation of parenting time law firm can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.

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