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About "Malicious Mother Syndrome"

Although the Malicious Mother Syndrome is not identified by the medical profession as a disorder, Illinois parents 12648784_S.jpgwho are embroiled in extremely contentious divorce or custody disputes should be able to identify the conduct. Despite its name, both fathers and mothers can exhibit the behavior, and thus it is often referred to as Malicious Parent Syndrome.

Father-child relationships are important

62831760_S.jpgIn Illinois and around the country, there has been a shift in the way people think about the father-child relationship. While mothers have often been the primary caretakers of their children, fathers have increasingly stepped into the role. In some cases, however, social attitudes have minimized men's contribution to the development of their children.

More immigrants demanding custody services

11396009_S.jpgSince the election of President Trump, many undocumented immigrant parents in Illinois fear that they may be separated from their children if they are found and deported. This has led lots of families to seek legal help with custody paperwork that involves designating other friends or family as caregivers in the event of a separation.

Fathers and shared parenting

53125400_S.jpgIllinois fathers should know that they have the right to be active in their children's lives after a separation or divorce. As data from the United States Census indicate that family courts tend to favor the mother for physical custody, it is important that fathers understand why they should continue to fight for their parental rights.

How holiday visitation and child support relate

4337560_S.jpgrMissouri parents who are divorced and dealing with issues related to child custody, visitation and support might wonder how these issues relate, particularly when it comes to holiday visitation. While in some cases, the child support order will not be affected during holiday visitations, in other instances temporary changes might need to be made.

Older siblings can obtain custody of younger one

73348926_S.jpgIn some cases where Illinois parents are not capable of taking care of their child, a sibling may attempt to get custody. However, this can sometimes be difficult as siblings are often close in age. As such, the sibling seeking custody will have to show the court that he or she is independent, stable and can financially support the child.

Nesting as a type of co-parenting

43214130_S.jpgIllinois parents who decide to divorce must determine how they will handle child custody. Historically, women have been granted physical custody of their children with the fathers having visitation on the weekends and during summer months. More recently, courts have been favoring shared custody arrangements in which the children spend nearly equal amounts of time with both parents.

How parents should navigate a child custody hearing

17758013_S.jpgThere are a number of mistakes that Illinois parents might make in a child custody hearing that could jeopardize their chances of getting custody. Displaying anger or bitterness toward the other parent could make a poor impression on a judge if it implies that the parent is unlikely to be cooperative. Friends and family members may also try to be helpful by suggesting that a parent ask for more support or time with the child, but parents should not allow themselves to be pressured. Furthermore, they should not change strategies without discussing it with their attorney first.

Drug or alcohol abuse may put children in danger

33470856_S.jpgThe best interests of a child are always paramount in an Illinois custody proceeding. Therefore, parents who believe that the child's other parent has issues with substance abuse may wish to raise those concerns as soon as possible. Parents may choose to either report their concerns either directly to the court handling the case or to the Department of Children and Family Services.

A child's role in a custody battle

31278169_S.jpgWhen Illinois parents with young children end their marriage, one of them is often given primary physical custody with the other having certain visitation rights. However, a child may or may not have a say as to where he or she will live once the divorce is finalized. The top priority in any child custody case is to protect the best interests of the child. This generally trumps the wishes of the parties involved.

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