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Protecting children: at the heart of many family law outcomes

9967830_S.jpgThere is an overriding and oft-used mantra that permeates many family law concerns in Illinois and Missouri, as well as throughout the rest of the country, and it is this: "the best interests of the child."

Illinois child custody bill would tweak existing statutory law

15423685_S.jpgIn matters relating to physical and legal custody in a divorce proceeding, judges in both Illinois and Missouri make decisions guided by the best interests of the child or children involved.

Staying together for the kids could do them more harm than good

11343382_S.jpgWhen it comes to determining child custody arrangements in the event of a divorce in Illinois, there are many considerations to be made. One refrain that is often heard is that the best interests of the children ought to be at the forefront of discussions regarding custody. This often means, for example, taking into account where each parent lives and their availability vis-a-vis work schedules and other obligations, so that kids suffer the least amount of disruption in their lives and still see each parent as much as possible.

Do pushes for equal custody result in more single fathers?

14826760_S.jpgIf it seems to Illinois residents that there are more families headed by single fathers than in years past, they're right. A study that came out last year found that back in 1960, less than 300,000 households in the country that had minor children were headed by an unmarried dad. By 2011, however, that number had jumped to 2.6 million. That represents an increase from 1 percent of such households 54 years ago to about 8 percent now.

International parental abduction threatens father's rights

10526224_s.jpgThere are few legal battles that rival child custody disputes when it comes to the value of what is at stake. Under Illinois law, courts are tasked with deciding child custody or visitation disputes based on the best interests of the children involved. That means that it is imperative for parents to be able to prove to a judge why it is in a child's best interest to be in their care.

Communication tips for divorced parents who cannot get along

15027178_s.jpgIt is hard to not continue to hold a grudge after a divorce in Illinois. Maybe there were hurtful things said during the divorce? Or maybe there was a bitter child custody dispute where each parent wanted sole custody, but now each are sharing responsibilities with joint custody and co-parenting? Whatever the case may be, having to continue to communicate in a civil manner can be downright impossible for some divorced parents. 

The role of religion in co-parenting

16057952_s.jpgAs many divorced parents in Illinois already know, issues related to child custody and visitation can be contentious enough. However, when parents observe two different religions, coming to some sort of an agreement on how to raise the children can end up being the hardest roads to navigate. 

Charlie Sheen's ex-wife awarded temporary custody of twin boys

11840868_s.jpgAny time a family law decision is made involving a celebrity, there is a very high chance this decision will end up being highly pulicized in the media. Of course, most Illinois fathers couldn't care less about the family law proceedings of someone like Charlie Sheen. However, many times -- taking the celebrity status out of the picture -- there are many lessons that can be learned from these celebrity cases. 

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