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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 … [...]

Do You Have a Parenting Plan for the Holidays?

A mother and her child are playing at the beach of ocean Parenting and custody disputes during holiday seasons disrupt families and are emotionally upsetting to children. A detailed parenting plan that includes provisions for the holidays can ease the stress on children and eliminate … [...]

Illinois Orders of Protection: What About the Kids?

Orders of protection may name children and other family members to safeguard them from physical harm or other abuse by a family member. When necessary to protect a child, courts may also grant temporary emergency custody to a petitioner to care for the minor until the full court hearing can … [...]

Guide to Child Custody for Unwed Parents in Illinois

Unwed parents do not always share equal rights of custody and parenting. Parentage must be established to support custody rights or claims of responsibility for support. Questions of Custody and Responsibility The rise in the number of unwed parents has raised questions about parental custody … [...]

Parenting Plans: When the Other Parent Is Unfit

Proving that a parent is unfit to retain custody of their children is often difficult and requires more than disagreement with a marital partner about parenting. Understanding of the criteria courts use is essential in establishing that a parent is unfit. The Best Interests of Children Courts … [...]

Is Playing Hardball Really in Your Child’s Best Interest?

Hardball negotiation tactics and attempts to undermine the other parent’s credibility when resolving child custody disputes can affect the well-being of children. An open mind and willingness to seek solutions that are in the best interests of the children are the keys to successful and … [...]