Some readers of our blog posts residing in Illinois and elsewhere might be old enough to remember well some of the vintage family-related shows of bygone decades, like Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver.
Although those shows all had singular story lines, of course, a common element seemed to closely connect virtually all of them, namely this: parental roles clearly differentiated along gender lines.
Put another way: Dad worked outside the home, while mom managed household affairs. Dad disciplined the kids, while mom essentially raised and nurtured them by herself. Dad seldom stepped inside the kitchen except to eat, and mom seemingly stepped outside the home only on rare occasions.
Although such shows seem laughable now and marked largely by their stereotypical excesses, some men — especially ex-husbands and fathers — have voiced concerns that gender-based stereotypes continue to influence judicial rulings in many family law matters.
It has been argued, for instance, that men are often seen simply as non-custodial providers of support, while women continue to be cast in the role of nurturers. That portrayal, say many fathers’ rights advocates, can lead to a perception that women should more often be granted plenary custody rights, with men having lesser prerogatives focused upon limited visitation.
Things have of course changed greatly since the days of Ward and June Cleaver. More women work outside the home, and more men seek — indeed, demand — a meaningful role in the lives of their children.
We support that change, believing that children’s best interests are most often promoted by the close and continued involvement of both parents.
Our firm helps loving fathers who want to remain dads in every sense of the word by representing them in matters concerning custody, support and paternity.
Fathers seeking relevant information about our firm and practice can visit us online at our Lake County, Illinois, Fathers’ Rights page. We welcome your inquiries.