Today there was close to a two hour hearing on the House Bill brought forward by Father’s rights groups that was sponsored by LaShawn Ford. If passed, the Bill would increase the evidence needed to determine if a parent is unfit and would require a Judge to explain his or her decision if he or she deviates from the presumption that equal parenting responsibilities and equal parenting time are in the best interests of the child. The current statute does not prevent a Judge from granting equal parenting time but the proposed Bill will practically mandate it! No vote was scheduled on the legislation – but, it will be in due time – more to come on the hearing and the eventual vote so, please stay tuned.
Did you know that there is a controversial change being proposed to Illinois’ parenting laws and it’s called House Bill 4113. If passed, this Bill would require a Judge to presume equal time with the children and equal parental responsibilities are in a child’s best interests. Among the Bill’s proponents are parental rights groups including Fathers for Equality. Currently, the Bill is slated to be heard by the House’s Restorative Justice Committee. Stay tuned for more!
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