Developing A Parenting Plan That Works For Your Family

For divorcing couples with children, the process of divorce is more than just dividing property and assets. Parents must also determine how they will split time with their children. They also have to find a way to work together when it comes to making important decisions about their child’s life and future. This is known […]

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Child Custody and Tax Dependency Exemptions

There are often numerous decisions upon which divorcing parents need to agree. If agreements are not made, then a family court judge will made the decisions. One of the most contentious decisions in many divorces is determining which parent will claim the child/children for the dependent exemption on his or her tax return each year. This argument […]

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What Goes Into The Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities?

When parents split up in Illinois, a family law court no longer awards one side custody of the children. Instead, the court allocates parental responsibilities. Therefore, it is important to understand what responsibilities the court allocates and how the court makes a decision on which parent should do what. What Are Parental Responsibilities? When the court allocates parental […]

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When A Stepparent Needs Custody of A Child

Blended families are more common than ever, and may soon be the norm. Sometimes these complex families face unique custody issues. While the law usually favors a biological parent in custody cases, the best choice may be stepparent in certain circumstances. Reasons a Stepparent May Need Custody of a Child There are several reasons why a […]

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What Happens When The Judge Appoints A Guardian Ad Litem?

In most family law cases each parent has his or her own attorney that represents them throughout the process. A lawyer does not usually represent the children. However, in some cases, a judge may appoint a lawyer to make sure the children’s interests are protected. The legal term for this lawyer is guardian ad litem. The lawyer […]

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Illinois Law and International Custody Disputes

With the spread of technology and the increase of globalization, families often find themselves spread all over the globe. When there is a custody dispute, making sense of what steps need to be taken to try and protect the children and to try and preserve their relationships with both parents can be difficult. Sometimes, there is […]

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How Does A Divorce Work When The Spouses Live In Different States?

Getting a divorce can be complicated, especially when spouses live in different states. Just as you only get married in one state, you also only get divorced in one state. Moreover, divorces involve property division, support orders, decisions about parenting time, and where any children should live—additional added complications. Jurisdiction over Property Illinois requires that […]

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What Is The Standard For Being An Unfit Parent For Child Custody In Illinois?

During a contentious custody dispute, one party may accuse the other of being an unfit parent. The term “unfit parent” can be used in casual conversation and may be interpreted in a number of ways. However, under Illinois law, being an unfit parent has a specific definition and severe consequences. How Judges Make Custody and Visitation […]

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Can You Have Custody of the Family Pet in an Illinois Divorce?

Divorces are difficult. Sometimes the things that once brought a couple closer, and were the source of great happiness, can be the sources of bitter feelings and lasting resentment. More than half of all Illinois families have a pet, and a family pet can cause big problems in a divorce. How the Law Views Pets […]

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Family Law Update Part IV: S.B. 57, Child Support, College Expenses and Maintenance

In many states across the United States, including Illinois, whether or not parents are married, they are required to support the children they bring into this world. Senate Bill 57 makes child support obligations of parents more equitable. It also makes changes to the obligation of parents in regards to college expenses and maintenance. Currently, under Illinois law, there […]

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Family Law Update Part III: S.B. 57 and Changes to Child Custody

One of the biggest changes ushered in by Senate Bill 57 is in relation to child custody. As the law stands in Illinois today, courts handle child custody proceedings by awarding physical and/or legal custody to one or both parents. When a parent is awarded physical custody, the child lives with that parent and the parent essentially cares […]

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When Does Illinois Have Jurisdiction Over Child Custody Matters?

Often, the most difficult and contentious disputes in family law are disputes over child custody. Most parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children and have a major hand in how their children are raised. However, when parents are no longer together in a relationship, their lives can often take them to […]

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What Can You Do If Your Ex is Not Honoring Your Visitation Rights?

Child custody and visitation disputes can last throughout the entire childhoods of your children. When one parent refuses to honor the other parent’s rights, both the parent and the children suffer. If your co-parent is not honoring your rights to visitation, there are ways to enforce your rights. How You Can Enforce Your Visitation Rights Illinois law […]

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Relocating a Child After Divorce

When parents divorce, the issues surrounding child custody will affect them until their children are grown. While this includes visitation schedules, it also includes restrictions on what parents can and cannot do. One example is limitations on when parents are allowed to move with their children, particularly out of state. This area of the law is commonly […]

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