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Child Custody Archives

Limiting a child's contact with the noncustodial parent

As technology continues to advance, Illinois parents who do not have primary custody have more ways to keep in contact with their children, such as text messages, Skype and FaceTime. While the custodial parent may not want the noncustodial parent to have contact with the child outside of the allotted visitation time, courts will rarely block the noncustodial parent from using this technology to have contact with the children.

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.

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.

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.

How to break the news of a divorce to children

12940561_S.jpgIt goes without saying that divorce can be emotionally traumatic for the individuals involved. But when people with children decide to divorce, it affects more than just them; especially when there are children involved. After all, they are still parents even though they are no longer husband and wife.

Child custody battle for Scarlett Johansson

22988109_S.jpgIllinois fans of actress Scarlett Johansson may be aware that she has been negotiating with her husband, Romain Dauriac, as the two prepare to divorce. On March 7, Johansson left the negotiating table to file divorce papers. Although Dauriac has asked her to return to negotiations, observers say she is unlikely to do so. Furthermore, she most likely filed the papers to establish New York as their 2-year-old daughter's residence rather than Dauriac's home country of France.

Making divorce easier for children

11675918_S.jpgIf a couple with children in Illinois decides to end their marriage, it's important that people focus on trying to make the process as easy as possible for their kids. While divorce will almost always have some sort of negative effect on kids, the degree to which children have trouble dealing will often depend on how parents act during and after the divorce.

Shared custody and child relocation issues in Illinois

45758308_S.jpgWhen parents go their separate ways after a divorce, they typically end up with shared custody of children. A parent who later wishes to move will have to initiate a legal process to inform the other parent and gain consent if the move qualifies as a relocation.

When parents abduct their own children

Parents who abduct or kidnap their children in Illinois and other states violate both federal and state laws as well as their custody orders. Depending on the state, judge, and family circumstances, the parent who kidnapped the child may permanently lose his or her custody rights. He or she could also face criminal charges with penalties such as jail time, loss of visitation rights, and steep fines.

Singer Robin Thicke loses custody of 6-year-old son

Illinois parents who are going through a custody dispute may be interested to learn that on Jan. 26, singer Robin Thicke lost custody of his 6-year-old son. Further, the judge also allowed a restraining order against him, preventing him from seeing or contacting both his son and the child's mother.

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