The modern family court system has evolved to approach divorce issues in ways that do not favor one parent over the other, or so it may seem on the surface. However, a recent study conducted by Custody X Change revealed that divorced fathers in Illinois often get an unfair settlement in terms of child custody.
The nationwide study looked at divorce cases in which both parents wanted custody and resided close enough to each other to share child custody. The results of the study were astounding and should be of particular interest to divorcing dads in the state. Illinois came in at 47th place in the nation for awarding divorced fathers a fair amount of child custody time with their kids. Specifically, children in Illinois only get to spend around 23 percent of their time on average with their dads.
In recent years, research has revealed that children who have an active father present in their lives fare better overall than do kids with absent fathers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports this conclusion by stating that the absence of a father puts children at a "significantly greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse." Fatherless kids may also be prone to have aggressive tendencies and experience more problems with academics.
The results of this study make one thing clear: Illinois dads may need to fight for a fair agreement in terms of child custody. Until the state's family law courts catch up to courts in other states, fathers could benefit from discussing custody matters in detail with their legal counsel.
In the end, your continued involvement with your kids as an active and loving father is too important to leave to chance.