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Child Custody Archives

Mother ruled 'too poor' to have visitation rights over daughter

14961548_S.jpgA heartbreaking child custody case out of New Jersey may make our Illinois and Missouri readers consider whether a parent can be made to give up his or her rights due to poverty, and whether parents facing the loss of custody have a constitutional right to an attorney.

St. Louis woman seeks 'custody' of frozen embryos after divorce

3226154_S.jpgMany divorces require the spouses or the judge to determine child custody. Much less common is a legal determination about what to do about embryos. But with alternative forms of conception becoming increasingly popular, perhaps it was inevitable that such a case arise in Missouri.

More about the changes in Illinois' Parentage Act for 2016

38365694_S.jpgLast week, we discussed Illinois' Parentage Act of 2015, and how it will introduce different terminology into the state's family law statutes. The words we use can make a big difference. For example, as we mentioned back on Dec. 24, state law will now use the gender-neutral term "parent" instead of "mother" and "father" in child custody and child support matters.

Working together - A collaborative approach to divorce

27614012_S.jpgWhen couples decide to end their marriage, there are a lot of issues to discuss. Sometimes those discussions can get pretty heated and the end result is a drawn out battle, higher legal fees and in the end, the judge makes the final decision. If that happens, many couples feel like they both were cheated out of what they wanted. Issues like these have the most negative impact when children are involved. However, what if there was an option where you and your ex could sit down and discuss your issues and come to an agreement on your own? Sounds pretty good, right?

3 tips for parents entering the holidays after a divorce

32696870_S.jpgThanksgiving is this Thursday, which means the holiday season is officially upon us. If you have recently gone through divorce in the past year, you may not be looking forward to the holidays as much as prior years. In fact, you may be dreading the season, especially if you won't be able to spend as much time with your children as you would like.

Spousal support could be involved in Green-Fox divorce

5584899_S.jpgFor those who pay attention to tabloids and celebrity news, this will be common knowledge: actress Megan Fox and her soon-to-be-former husband Brian Austin Green have filed for divorce after five years of marriage. The couple has two sons together, and apparently they are going for joint custody, though that hasn't been confirmed. However, Green has asked that Fox pay him spousal support.

Bitter battles not a prerequisite for protecting fathers' rights

7475205_S.jpgUnder family laws in Illinois, fathers have the same rights and obligations as mothers. Although the letter of the law does not preference one parent over another based on gender, divorce settlements and custody orders don't always reflect that ideal.

Maintaining the grandparent-grandchild relationship after divorce

21895862_S.jpgWhen married parents get divorced, any custody decisions made by the court are likely to affect more than just the children and their two parents. In many cases, grandparents also experience the consequences of a child custody agreement - sometimes for better but often for worse. An acrimonious divorce can even lead to severed ties between grandparents and the grandchildren they love.

Fighting for the rights of parents to be parents

10511714_S.jpgWhether an individual is going through a divorce or break up, everything changes when a child is involved. A child forever bonds two individuals together, even when both would rather part ways forever and have absolutely nothing to do with one another. For a parent, the end of a marriage or relationship with a child's mother or father means that an agreement with regard to child custody and visitation must be made.

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