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February 2015 Archives

When are federal child support enforcement laws imposed?

Child support delinquency is considered a serious offense. Most child support matters fall under Illinois state laws. However, some rare cases fall under the jurisdiction of federal child support enforcement laws. Title IV Part-D of the Social Security Act requires that agencies operating under it aid state agencies, custodial parents and others in enforcing a child support order.

Relocation or removal of a child from Illinois can be difficult

Often, after a divorce, separating spouses in Illinois choose to move to another city, or even leave the state. Relocation may seem like a smart decision considering the various emotional challenges couples face after divorce. Most court decisions do not dictate how divorced spouses should deal with these challenges. However, if one parent plans to relocate to another state with a child, particularly if that child was born to parents who were not married, the situation is more complicated because a number of state and federal laws must be considered.

Establishing paternity and fathers' rights in Illinois

There was a time when family courts considered that the best interests of the child could only be preserved by granting custody to the mother. Known as "the Tenders' Doctrine," this practice led to many child custody and visitation cases being settled in favor of the mother, without paying adequate attention to a father's pleas for child custody, even when that father was mentally, physically, emotionally and financially able to care for his child.

Cellphone donations help domestic violence victims in Illinois

Domestic violence is a serious concern throughout the United States, including Illinois. Many state, federal and voluntary organizations try to raise awareness against domestic violence and sexual abuse. They also help protect victims from emotional and sexual assault. Sometimes, the removal of victims from their homes is the only solution.

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