Ilinois Fathers Rally

April 10, 2010


This is where the rubber meets the road.

April 10th, 2010 – 9am to Noon @ Corner of LaSalle and Randolph

Illinois is on the verge of the next chapter in Family Law. Two years ago, State Legislation established the Illinois Family Law Study Committee, whose job it is to analyze family law within our State. If you have been before the Family Court in our State, if you have lost substantial time with your children, if you have lost custody of your children, if you have been crippled by child support, if you lost a substantial portion of your estate. This is the place to be. This is the time to be there.

Just shy of 100,000 people are affected by this process every year in Illinois, whether they are affected through the Parentage Act, or through the Dissolution of Marriage Act. We come from all walks of life, from as far south as Cairo to as far north as Antioch and every point in between.

We will be hosting a rally and are requesting a broad spectrum of people affected by family law from across our State to converge and show their support. During this rally, the Family Law Study Committee will be deciding on how Custody shall work in the decades ahead. Special Interest groups have significant influence in this process, and it’s incumbent on the public at large to speak up and let them know… We Care.

The board of directors at Illinois Fathers has been regularly attending the meetings of the Illinois Family Law Study Committee and has had a chance to see the dynamics at play during the creation of the next generation of Family Law. As one law maker put it, it’s like making sausage, and indeed the process of making laws truly is. So this is an open call to organizations across our State. Join us. Help us add the ingredients to show that families are important, and make sure the sausage is good for all of our families!

The current model under discussion by the committee is to implement the ALI Approximation Rule as introduced to the 95th General Assembly. Under this framework, there exists a very real possibility that litigation will be increased as parents fight ever harder to “win” their children in court. What we are asking for as an alternative is to establish a presumption of fitness and to afford children the opportunity to spend at least 35% of their time with each parent. This will afford children who are traditionally absent from one of their parents’ lives through court mandate an increased opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with both of their parents.

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