Custody Issues for Non-Married Parents in Schaumburg, Illinois
Child custody is a complex matter for married and non-married parents alike. Parental rights, visitation and child support are some common issues brought up in every child custody case. However, custody issues for non-married parents can be even more complex. If you are an unmarried parent involved in a child custody case in Schaumburg, call the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C. today for a free initial consultation.
Paternity Issues in Schaumburg, IL
One complication for non-married parents is that the child’s paternity must be established before the non-married father can gain custody or visitation rights. If paternity was not established by the Court, the mother usually has full custody.
In order to establish paternity, the father must petition the Court to legally recognize him as the child’s father. Even if the Court does establish paternity for the father, a Judge may not issue a custody order allowing the father to visit the child unless the Judge finds it in the child’s best interest.
Once paternity is established, both typically parents have rights to custody and visitation with the child. Both parents also have an obligation to support their child. The non-custodial parent typically pays child support to the custodial parent. The custodial parent provides support by providing housing, food and daily necessities.
Same-sex parents may experience the same custody issues affecting non-married parents. Many non-married same-sex parents in Illinois raise children together - children they jointly adopted, biological children of one and/or children born through surrogacy or artificial reproductive technology.
If unmarried same-sex parents go through a custody dispute, legal complications may arise regarding who is required to pay child support or who has the legal right to custody and visitation. As laws regarding same-sex couples change, same-sex parents may also face the custody issues affecting non-married parents.
Attorney for Non-Married Couples in Schaumburg, Illinois
No matter what your relationship status, remember that you deserve the experience and advocacy of Attorney Richardson. If you live in Schaumburg and are dealing with a child custody or family law issue, contact Attorney Richardson today for honest, straightforward advice throughout the legal process. Your case is never handed to a junior associate. Nicholas W. Richardson has helped many Schaumburg families through difficult family law cases, as well as families in Palatine, Barrington, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Cook County and DuPage County.