Child Custody/Visitation

Stability Is Key in Parental Allocation Cases

Stability is an important factor in parental allocation cases.The Institute for Family Studies finds that instability has numerous negative effects on children. Repeated transitions cause feelings of stress that lead to developmental problems, academic struggles, and interpersonal difficulties. … [...]

Effective Coparenting for Divorced Parents

Divorcing parents must work together to achieve effective coparenting. Regardless of the reasons adults may be getting divorced, it is not the fault of their children. However, children still suffer, often feel guilty and caught in the middle of two battling people that they love. Child custody … [...]

Reasons Why Child Custody Can Be Modified

It is possible to modify a finalized child custody and payment, but the situation of one or both of the parents must be met before it can be considered. Illinois strives to ensure the safety and comfort of the child first, then to ensure that the care is not an undue burden on the parents. The … [...]

Children and Court Ordered Counseling

Illinois courts may require both parents and children to undergo counseling during the divorce process. Court ordered counseling can help parents and children resolve issues and move forward in a positive, healthy direction. Counseling may be ordered by the court if a parenting agreement is violated … [...]

Effect of Facebook and Other Online Posts on Child Custody Disputes

Facebook posts, pictures, and other items shared on other social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn) can be used against parents in divorce and child custody disputes. Technology’s relentless push has improved the lives of millions of people. The Internet has enabled … [...]

Dividing Debts and Assets in a Divorce

Divorce can create difficulties for couples dealing with real estate, debts and assets, and spousal maintenance issues. When children are involved, child custody lawyers are often required to handle disagreements with child custody and visitation rights. Marital Property Laws in Illinois According … [...]

New Illinois Divorce Law Redefine the Concept of Custody

An overhaul of the Illinois divorce laws went into effect on January 1, 2016, and the changes to child custody terminology are significant. This is not the first time the law has been revised, but this reform is comprehensive and could have a major impact on how divorce is handled in Illinois. No … [...]

Child Abduction by Parents. What the Law Says.

In Illinois, specific laws cover the topics of parenting time and visitation, and failure to follow a court order could lead to serious consequences. When a parent takes or hides a child from the other parent with sole or joint parental responsibilities, it can be frightening. It is also illegal. … [...]

How Custodial Parents Can Calculate & Collect Child Support

The divorce is finalized, and child support has been awarded to the custodial parent. For many, it's a moment that brings great relief as it means that there will be money to buy groceries, pay utilities, cover education expenses, and provide housing to children following the divorce. Then, the … [...]

Protect yourself against a difficult ex-spouse

Few people enter a marriage thinking that it won't last, but the reality is that a good portion of Illinois marriages end in divorce. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, over 30,000 couples separated during 2011. In some of those cases, spouses may have been able to work together … [...]