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DuPage County family law attorneyThe rights a parent has to spend time with their child and raise him or her as well as the responsibility a parent has to protect and care for his child are collectively called “parental rights.” A parent is responsible for providing the basics like food, water, and shelter, but also immaterial necessities like education, affection, appropriate discipline, and medical care. Courts do have the authority to terminate parental rights, but this only happens if it is in the child’s best interest to end contact with a parent. This most often happens in cases of abuse or neglect. Parental rights are also terminated when a parent gives a child up for adoption. In situations where unmarried parents have a child together or married parents get divorced, the courts clarify parental rights and responsibilities through child custody orders.

Parental Rights When a Child is Conceived Through Rape

Studies approximate that between 17,000 and 32,000 pregnancies resulting from rape occur in the United States each year. Most would assume that if a person is found guilty of rape that they would not have parental rights to the child which was conceived; however, this is not the case across the country. The Maryland Senate just recently voted on this deeply important, but semi-controversial issue.

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DuPage County family law attorneyIf you are a parent who has recently separated or divorced your spouse, you may be unsure of how to navigate the new school year now that you are not with your child’s other parent. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make the school year go more smoothly and help your child be as successful as possible.

Have a Team Mentality

Recently, a picture has been making the rounds on social media. It appears unremarkable at first, as it shows two women, one on either side of a small girl holding her hands while walking through a school. What makes the picture special is that one of the women is the girl’s biological mother and the other is the father’s new girlfriend. The two women admit that it took about a year for them to reach this level of cooperation. It is not always easy to work together with an ex or an ex’s new partner, but doing so will only benefit your child. If possible, both parents should drop their child off at school on the first day. They should also attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences together. This not only ensures that all adults are on the same page when it comes to the child’s academic life, but is also a fantastic example to the child of how to overcome differences.

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