In Illinois and the rest of the U.S., child custody and domestic violence issues plague a number of families. Reports say that domestic violence could continue to affect a child long after he or she has become an adult. A contributing factor to the occurrence of both of these issues is the persistence of commonly held beliefs in domestic abuse and child custody.
Illinois parents who have full custody of their children and who want the other parent to pay for his or her obligations may decide to pursue child support. However, the first hurdle that these parents face is trying to locate the absent parent who has often tried to shirk his or her financial obligations.
In the divorce process, having a zealous advocate can be crucial for achieving the best results. This is particularly true of financial matters such as property division, debt division, tax and retirement issues, and spousal support. In these areas, the role of an advocate is to make sure the court has the information it needs to make a decision that reflects the interests of the parent the advocate is representing.
About one in four women in Illinois and across the U.S. have experienced some kind of physical assault by a partner. According to some studies, many of these victims could be subject to traumatic brain injuries that can lead to long-term issues. Researchers say that as many as 60 percent of domestic violence survivors may have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Illinois parents who are getting a divorce might want to consider shared physical custody of their children. A number of states are moving toward passing laws that encourage co-parenting rather than giving primary physical custody to just one parent, usually the mother, and ordering visitation for the other parent.
Illinois residents who have been following singer Chris Brown's custody battle may be interested to learn that, following assault charges that were filed against him in late August, he could potentially lose custody of his daughter. Even if the charges are eventually dropped against the singer, the fact that he was involved in a standoff with authorities could have a negative impact on his child custody situation.