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What information can help you arrange child custody?

When you are in the process of getting divorced from your spouse in Illinois, one of the tasks that you will face is negotiating a child custody arrangement that observes the best interests and needs of your children. A well-written child custody agreement will allow both you and your spouse to continue playing a valuable role in the lives of your children while still being able to maintain personal boundaries. 

How do you request a child custody modification?

As parents like you know, child custody modifications made during one point in your life aren't always going to be good for other points in your life. In Illinois, there is the possibility for you to modify a child custody arrangement after it has been made. However, there are some important things to know first.

Study shows joint-parenting may be best

Filing for divorce or legal separation is never an easy decision, especially when there are children involved. Child custody may be one of the most challenging issue to negotiate during this difficult time. Many families and courtrooms choose to place the children in the sole-custody of one parent, giving the non-custodial parent visiting time. However, studies show that children may benefit more from a joint-custody situation where the non-custodial parent is around more and engages in everyday activities.

What is the best way to handle a CPS visit?

A visit from child protective services is not only inconvenient, it can be worrisome for Illinois residents. When a social worker knocks at your door, it usually means someone had reason to believe your children were not being properly cared for and called CPS. Whether the call came from a concerned neighbor or a bitter ex, you have a legitimate worry while you figure out how to deal with the unexpected visit.

How to establish paternity in Illinois

At the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, PC, we know how much fathers as well as mothers look forward to the birth of their children. But did you know that in Illinois, if you do not marry your children’s mother prior to their births, your children have no legal father? As the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services explains, without a marriage or civil union existing between your children’s parents at the time of their births, they have no legal father, even if you and their mother live together and intend to get married or enter into a civil union in the future.

Making the right choices with your custody relocation case


When an unmarried or divorced parent discovers he or she is going to have to move because of a job or some other important event in their lives, what happens next with respect to the allocation of parenting time and decision-making authority could be just as critical as when child custody and parenting time were first decided.

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