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Child Custody/Visitation

The Best Questions To Ask When Talking To a Child Custody Lawyer

The best questions to ask when talking to a child custody lawyer touch on areas such as the lawyer's assessment of your case, his or her legal style and philosophy, his or her expertise and background, the lawyer’s case management style, and legal fees. One of the best questions to ask is, “What is

What Is a Typical Grandparent Visitation Schedule?

Under some circumstances, grandparents in Illinois may receive limited visitation with their grandchildren. Visitation time refers to time spent with children as granted by court order, like parenting time given to parents to care for and raise their kids after a divorce or separation. Extended

Creating a Parallel Parenting Plan that Works

Parallel parenting, unlike co-parenting, is a plan whereby separated or divorced parents raise their children separately. Under a parallel parenting plan, the parents don’t participate in events together and keep communications minimum. The parents approve of each other’s plans but don’t participate

Coparenting with a Narcissist?

Coparenting with someone who has NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) makes an already complex situation even worse because the other parent is more concerned with his or her interests than what is in the child's best interests. Child custody and visitation orders are carefully (or contentiously)

When False Accusations Enter Family Court

Sorting truth from fiction in child custody disputes can be difficult. Balancing emotions and history, and utilizing technology all affect custody disputes and outcomes. False accusations are common in child custody disputes, as parties attempt to gain leverage in negotiations by filing bogus claims

How Does a Domestic Violence Conviction Impact Child Custody in Illinois?

Domestic violence charges can negatively impact a parent’s case for child custody and visitation rights. While Illinois does recognize that having both parents involved in the child’s life is in the best interests of the child, that is disregarded if one or both parents face credible charges of

Will Remote Schooling Impact Your Parenting Plan?

COVID-19 has changed many things for parents, and school changes may have an impact on parenting arrangements when children need to do school from home. Parents may need the services of a child custody attorney to work out these situations so their children can continue to get excellent schooling

Modifying Child Custody Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many parents to reconsider their child custody arrangements, particularly in cases where a custodial parent's job may put a child at risk. Understanding what the IL law requires and allows in changing custody arrangements will help parents decide if it's time to

Can Parents’ Mental Health Records Be Revealed in Child Custody Cases?

When parents are entering a child custody case, mental health records may be part of the discussion, and patient-client privilege may not always apply. The goal of child custody proceedings is to make a decision that serves the child's best interests. A parent's mental health may impact what those

In Illinois What Factors Are Considered in Awarding Parental Responsibility (Custody)?

Courts awarding parental responsibility in child custody cases must consider many factors, including the wishes of both the parents and the child, the child's current relationships, and mental and physical health for all involved. Weighing these choices is not easy, and often requires the help of a