Tag: adoption

The importance of legally establishing paternity for unmarried fathers

The importance of legally establishing paternity for unmarried fathers

In the State of Illinois, if a couple is married and the wife has a child, it is automatically presumed that the husband is the father. No further legal recourse is needed in order for him to be acknowledged as the legal father. However, in the event that the couple is unmarried, the father is not given the presumption that his in fact the father. He must formally establish paternity.

Read More

Do Rapists have Parental Rights?

Do Rapists have Parental Rights?

Recent Illinois legislation, becoming effective January 1, 2014, will make Illinois’s law one of the most thorough laws in protecting the victims of rape. The issue of what parental rights rapists’ maintain became a national topic after Ariel Castro repeatedly requested visitation rights with the daughter he conceived with one of the three women he kidnapped and held captive for more than a decade.

In many states, there are few protections for women who conceive through rape. In some states, rapist fathers can prevent rape victims from placing the rape-conceived child up for adoption. In other states, the rapist is permitted to request visitation and custody rights. The lack of protection for victims in these states forces women to continually relive their attack by rapists who assert their parental rights.

Read More