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Child Custody Archives

Illinois grandparents' rights case moves toward resolution

42108941_S.jpgGrandparents' 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.

What factors determine best interests of the child in Illinois?

37840978_S.jpgWhen a couple in Springfield shares a child and is no longer together, there are many different issues that arise when it comes to the best interests of the child in the context of parenting time, visitation rights and the relationship with children. There can be rampant confusion as to what is referred to with the words "best interests." Because of that, it is wise to have a grasp on what is taken into consideration when the best interests are decided upon.

Co-parenting pop quiz: Are you ready to go back to school?

43145979_S.jpgIn the coming weeks, kids across Springfield will be heading back to the structure and routine of a new school year. In preparation, parents will be doing some back-to-school shopping, checking out class schedules, meeting teachers and doing whatever needs to be done to prepare their kids for the next year.

Child custody: be prepared for changes to the agreement over time

34789212_S (1).jpgThere are few guarantees in life. When you meet the love of your life, there's no guarantee that your wedding day will go off without a hitch. Once you're married, there's no guarantee that your union will persist through the years. And if you get divorced, there's no guarantee that whatever agreement you reach will be the same on day one of your divorce as day 1,000. In fact, in relation to the latter, it's highly unlikely it will remain the same.

When cohabiting becomes complicated

12647699_S.jpgWhen baby boomers were growing up divorce rates, along with the general public's approval of divorce, were much lower. In the 1950s and 1960s, not only were people expected to marry and remain married for life, but they were also expected to do so without ever having lived together.

When divorced parents struggle to co-parent

31020940_S.jpgFor parents who choose to divorce, the wellbeing of a shared child is often the main concern. In cases where parents share physical custody of a child, it's critical that both remain committed to providing a loving, welcoming and supportive environment in which a son or daughter feels safe and comfortable. In addition to ensuring that a child has a predictable routine, proper nutrition and the creature comforts needed to feel at home in each parent's residence; a child also needs to know that his or her parents are committed to each other and the responsibilities associated with co-parenting.

4 ways to make custody exchanges easier (on you and the kids)

25355615_S.jpgSharing custody of your children with another parent after divorce can be enormously difficult, whether the split was contentious or not. Divorced spouses often prefer to avoid seeing or speaking to each other after they are no longer married, but parents who share custody of a child still have to communicate, and they still have to see each other during custody exchanges.

How prepared are you to co-parent with your ex?

17190683_S.jpgFrom sleepless nights spent walking the halls with a colicky infant to those spent waiting up for a rebellious teenager, being a parent is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging roles that an individual can hope to fulfill during his or her life. When a marriage dissolves, there's bound to be an adjustment period. In addition to adjusting to life as a divorcee, divorced parents must also figure out how to successfully and peaceably co-parent with an ex. While every individual's situation is unique, there are ways to make co-parenting easier and less stressful for everyone involved.

New app helps end squabbles over childrearing costs

13052825_S.jpgDivorce is meant to provide individuals who no longer wish to be married a fresh start. However, when there are children involved-- for better or worse--divorced parents are forever bound to one another. Unfortunately, in cases where divorced parents aren't able to overcome and move beyond their own resentment or dislike of one another, their child will end up paying the price.

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