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Child Custody/Visitation

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 … [...]

What You Should Know About Your Child’s Extracurricular Activities After Divorce

Children are playing football When parents head to divorce, their child's extracurricular activities are one of the many things they must address, ensuring that the child's needs are met and the activities handled in a fair manner. Extracurricular activities are an important part of building up a … [...]

The Truth About Post Decree Modifications

Two people discussing some paperwork in a meeting After a divorce, changes in the lifestyle of either party can require changes in the divorce agreements, and this is often done through post-decree adjustments. If the particular condition of the divorce is considered immune to modifications, a … [...]

Child Custody in Illinois: Here’s What Can Happen When Abuse Reports Are Ignored

A frightened girl hiding in the corner Child abuse reports that go ignored may result in continued maltreatment and allowed ongoing contact between children and those who have abused them. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 676,000 children of the 3.5 million referred … [...]

How Your Live-In Companion May Impact Your Custody Case

A sad girl huddle herself up in a dark room Courts award child custody based on the best interests of the children. While having a live-in companion does not disqualify parents from winning custody of their children, the companion is another factor the court must consider. Live-in relationships … [...]

Misbehaving? It Could Impact Your Custody Case

A broken black-and-white photo, dividing a father from a mother and children An allegation of misbehavior or non-traditional conduct is not enough to show that a parent is unfit. To establish parental misconduct, the behavior must result in a lack of proper care for the children or negatively … [...]