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.
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.
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.
Parents in Illinois will have to make a big decision after they divorce. They'll need to decide which child custody arrangements work best for their particular situation, and what will benefit their child the most, which can differ from family to family.
Shared parenting can be challenging for you and other divorced parents in Illinois. You may have numerous reasons you do not want to send your children to visit their other parent. However, do you have the right to withhold visitation?
The good news and the bad news for Illinois parents, depending on how they like their child custody orders, is that they are relatively easy to change as compared with other court decision and agreements.
While one hopes that Lake County, Illinois couples who are in a custody dispute will resort to the courts to sort out their issues, such is sadly not always the 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.
Like other states, Illinois has laws in place that govern under what terms a single parent who is the primary caregiver of his or her children can move his or her family. These rules are in place to make sure the other parent gets treated fairly, as a move could affect that other's parent's parenting time with the children, as well as his or her overall relationship with them.
A previous post here talked about under what circumstances it might be appropriate for a Chicago resident to mediate a child custody issue. As that post said, while in most cases mediation is a good way to head off an emotionally draining custody conflict, it is not always the best option for every circumstance.