There used to be a time when family courts in Illinois as well as across the country believed in the Tender Years’ doctrine. That doctrine supported the idea that a child’s best interest can only be served if that child remains with the mother. Laws, however, have evolved since then and nowadays the court conducts a Best Interest analysis before it approves a child custody and visitation plan.
While this change in the court’s outlook has benefited many fathers, there are some situations in which a mother has rightfully been awarded child custody or visitation. The situation becomes more complicated if a father manages to obtain child custody or visitation rights and, after some time, the court sees that the father has not been able to provide the quality of life that the child deserves and which that father promised when he was granted child custody or visitation rights.
In other cases, if the mother is working or has limited resources, the court may be cautious about granting child custody to that mother. Therefore, in order to obtain custody, that mother must convince the court that her income and lifestyle are adequate to support the child’s upbringing while protecting that child’s best interest.
At the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., we understand the importance of mothers’ rights in a family law proceeding. We have been able to develop this understanding because our founding partner has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with family law matters, which are not only related to mothers’ rights but every other possible area of family law as well.
If you wish to learn more, please visit our webpage on mothers’ rights because, if you are in the middle of a legal battle and your child is involved, we may be the right choice for representation. We have experience in dealing with various mothers’ rights issues, such as custody and visitation, relocation and removal, paternity establishment and support obligations enforcement.