Grandparents' rights can be a complicated aspect of a child custody dispute in Illinois, particularly when each side is expressing intense emotions regarding the matter. Since child custody can be contentious with accusations and allegations from both sides -- particularly if one of the parents has died -- it is exceedingly important for the participants to have assistance from a legal professional to protect their rights, maintain a relationship with children and protect all parties.
An ongoing case between a woman and the parents of her late husband resulted in a decision from the judge that the mother will not get custody of the child for now. The dispute is between the woman and the family of her husband who had been murdered by the woman's grandmother. Initially, the court gave custody to the father's parents, but the mother took the child and went to Florida. The woman was found in Massachusetts in September. She was subsequently extradited back to Illinois with the child staying with the father's family. The hearing that was held in late-December was to decide if the daughter was neglected by the mother.