When parents in Missouri go through a divorce, issues around child custody and child support can be particularly contentious and emotionally difficult. Often, neither parent wants to lose time with their children and, in many cases, both parents feel that they have received an unfair shake in family court. While joint or shared custody is becoming a growing standard across the country, many fathers feel like they are excluded from their children's lives after a divorce.
Child custody laws have changed in Illinois and many other states in recent years. It was once common for one parent, often the mother, to be awarded primary custody and for the other parent to be awarded visitation on alternating weekends and holidays. Many states have enacted new laws that favor joint custody.
If there are serious questions about an Illinois parent's ability to look after their child, a judge may order supervised visitation. This generally means that the person can only spend time with their kids in a controlled setting under the watchful eye of a social worker or another family member. These visits may take place either in a public setting or at the home of another family member.
In Illinois and throughout the U.S., undocumented families are always at risk of being separated. With the Trump administration ramping up immigration enforcement actions, the millions of children in the U.S. with undocumented parents are at an increased risk. Children who are separated from undocumented parents may end up in foster care while their parents try to regain custody after being forced to leave the country.
It is common for custody disputes to arise when parents are divorcing in Illinois. In some cases, the parents may have trouble reaching agreements about how they will handle decision making and parenting time. There are several ways that parents may reach agreements so that they can resolve these types of issues so that everyone's interests are protected.