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April 2017 Archives

Reducing conflict during school breaks

60537646_S.jpgIllinois parents who have gone through a divorce may find that school vacations may lead to tense custody situations. However, there are ways in which both custodial and noncustodial parents can make school breaks as smooth as possible for themselves and their children. First, creating a plan well before the break takes place and putting it in writing may reduce the odds of a conflict.

How domestic violence impacts custody cases

35157407_S.jpgWhen an Illinois parent is accused of domestic violence, it could impact a subsequent child custody case. As courts take domestic abuse seriously, they are more likely to err on the side of caution to reduce the odds of putting a child in harm's way. As with any other child custody case, the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child when making a decision.

The steps to winning a custody dispute

47522353_S.jpgIllinois parents who are seeking sole physical custody of their children need to be as prepared as possible when facing a judge. This is because that judge may rule in a manner that may be surprising to a parent who may believe that the facts give credence to a claim of sole custody. Parents should also consider whether or not to create a parenting agreement with their former spouse as opposed to going to court.

Stopping child support when a child becomes emancipated

43130335_S.jpgIllinois parents who are ordered to pay child support will be required to continue making payments until the child either reaches the age of majority or becomes emancipated. There are several reasons why children may become emancipated. For example, they may join the military, become financially independent from their custodial parent or they may get married before turning 18.

$800 million stopgap plan would help domestic violence victims

19508353_S.jpgWhen it comes to domestic violence, Illinois state funding to help victims can be sporadic but necessary to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the hostile environment they are trying to escape. Domestic violence situations can spiral out of control quickly, and many times the victims need to find a safe alternative place to stay.

How courts deal with disputes over religion involving kids

50573887_S.jpgEaster weekend is very important for some families, but its significance should not be diminished if one parent does not want to attend church or other religious services. Religion (or participation in religious ceremonies) can be a very difficult subject between divorcing and separated couples. Parents may feel very strongly about including (or not including) their children in religious events and may be quick to seek court intervention to get their way. This post will examine the difficulties courts may have in adjudicating these issues.

The 20/20/20 rule for military divorces

50864636_S.jpgIllinois residents who are married to a member of the military and getting a divorce may wonder how their healthcare and other benefits will change. What happens after a divorce depends on the length of the marriage, how long a spouse has served in the military and the amount of time military service and marriage overlapped.

When a noncustodial parent becomes disabled

Many Illinois parents have gone through a divorce and have been awarded primary physical custody of their young children. In most cases, the court has also awarded them child support, and these parents often rely on prompt and timely payments to meet the costs of raising their children. While noncustodial parents may make every effort to comply with their obligations, a question arises as to how to proceed if such a parent suddenly becomes disabled as result of an accident.

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