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Child Custody Archives

What are the different types of child custody arrangements?

58904961_S.jpgDivorcing with children can be a complex matter for parents in Illinois. Divorce not only signify the end of a marriage, but it also brings a change in family dynamics. A child will go from a one-family home to a two-home family, which can be a major life change. Thus, when parents are determining the parenting time they desire, it is crucial to consider the best interests of the child.

What shared parenting means to Illinois parents and children

57554911_S.jpgThe divorce process alone is considered difficult and challenging for couples in Illinois and elsewhere. However, when children are added to the process, this can make an already difficult time more challenging. Parents must make life-changing decisions, and they are often unsure if these choices are truly in the best interests of their children.

Helping you navigate child custody issues during divorce

17629808_S.jpgDivorce is never easy even when spouses enter the process mutually and with a positive attitude. Dissolution requires serious decision-making and most divorcing couples in Illinois and elsewhere encounter complex divorce issues. Divorcing with children and further complicate the matter. Parents not only have to make major choices regarding their personal post-divorce life but they also have to consider the lives of their children. In fact, almost every decision made during dissolution can impact a child.

Child custody: physical custody versus legal custody

67009510_S.jpgThere's no use denying that a divorce or separation can very often be an intense ordeal. There are many contentious issues that can crop up, and the issue of child custody is commonly the most contentious. People have strong feelings about the place and manner of the upbringing of their children. Both divorcing and separating couples may find themselves in a child custody dispute.

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.

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