As many Illinois parents who have split up know, going through a divorce means not only thinking about what's best for you, but also what's best for your children. Divorcing as parents means you'll have to determine a child custody arrangement, which will likely mean one or both of you will end up seeing your kids less than when you and your spouse were together. However, a recent article offers some advice for how divorced fathers can continue to play an important role in their children's lives.
Divorce, child custody, and child support rulings can often be difficult for separated fathers to cope with. The prospect of being denied a role in the lives of their children is one that many Illinois men must confront after their traditional role as family provider and protector is revoked. When a father in this situation is also bouncing back from a lost job or time behind bars, the combination of hardships can seem insurmountable.
It's hard enough being a father. For noncustodial fathers, the challenge is more than making child support payments, dealing with child custody issues or visitation schedules. In too many cases, the challenge is maintaining a solid relationship with the child or children.
Court-ordered child support payments are necessary to help the custodial parent care and raise the couple's children. If a parent fails to pay their court-ordered child support payments, the custodial parent can petition the court to enforce the child support award.
The U.S. Department of State recently announced a revision to passport applications that has elicited a wide range of responses from advocacy groups. The words "mother" and "father" have been replaced by gender-neutral "parent 1" and "parent 2" on the child's application. The change has sparked a lively exchange of views about the definition of family.