When 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.
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.
Illinois 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.
Illinois 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.
Easter 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.
It 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.
Illinois 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.
If 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.
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.