When you establish paternity for your child, the father receives the legal right to visitation with his child as well as the legal responsibility to provide financial support. When the child is born, you can establish paternity by signing the state's Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form.
There has been an increase in law firms providing representation for fathers in child custody cases as the number of stay-at-home dads has risen as well. Traditionally, the rights of mothers and fathers in child custody battles have not been given equal consideration. As women enjoy more equality in the workplace in Illinois and around the country, some men are saying that they should get equal treatment within the arena of family law.