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Illinois in the bottom five for custody time for fathers

Sat 23 Jun, 2018 / by / Divorce

For dads, one thing that may be a very high priority in a divorce is getting a solid amount of custody time with their kids. However, a recent study indicates fathers might find this particularly challenging here in Illinois.

For each state, the report estimated how much time fathers, on average, get with their kids in custody cases that have no extenuating circumstances in which both parents desire custody time. According to report, in Illinois, fathers only get an average of 23.1 percent of custody time in these types of cases.

This puts Illinois towards the bottom of the country when it comes to custody time for fathers. Specifically, it was ranked 47th on this front. The only three states found to have a smaller amount of custody time for fathers were Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Why do you think Illinois is towards the bottom in this area? Is there anything you would like to see done in state law in upcoming years when it comes to the issue of custody time for fathers?

While this study points to fathers possibly facing greater custody challenges here in Illinois than in most other states, it does not mean fathers in the state have no hope of getting a good amount of time with their kids following a divorce. Dads can take steps to fight for a fair custody arrangement. Steps they can take include learning about their rights in custody matters and building a strategy for their custody case with the help of a skilled family law attorney.