Category Archives: Child Custody & Visitation

Medical Decisions, Immunizations and the Start of School

The month of August is known as National Immunization Awareness Month.  Children will be preparing to go back to school and although by now its likely decisions regarding which schools your children will attend have already been made, there are other decisions which still need to be made, many of which can be complicated when […]

For Better or For Worse

Spouses contemplating divorce often factor into their decision as to whether or not they should end their marriage the potential harm a divorce may cause to their children.  Some parents feel that by staying married they are honoring a commitment or setting a good example for children.   Other parents, however, do not necessarily focus […]

In a Divorce, Illinois Courts Have No Authority to Order Pet “Visitation”

Americans love their pets.  Recent studies estimate that roughly 78 million dogs and 86 million cats are owned in the United States.  In other words, pets reside in nearly 65% of all households. It is not surprising, therefore, that when parties decide to dissolve their marriage, an increasingly contentious issue is what – if any […]

Damn The Contract, I Want To Use The Embryos

The Sofia Vergara / Nick Loeb fight over the frozen embryos they created has cast a public eye on very personal issues.  While their case is only beginning, I represent someone in Illinois who has been involved in the exact same fight for nearly five years, and who has already made the arguments Sofia will […]

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules that the “Equitable Adoption” and “Functional Parent” Theories Cannot be Raised By a Nonparent Seeking Custody of a Child

This past week, the Illinois Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited answer to a question which has been debated in the family law community for some time: does the doctrine of “equitable adoption” – first recognized by our Supreme Court in its 2013 decision in DeHart v. DeHart, 2013 IL 114137 – also apply in the […]

Going Through A Divorce? Plan For The Holidays Now With Your Children In Mind

Going through a divorce is difficult anytime, but especially when there are contested custody and parenting time issues. In an ideal world, most parents want their children to go through the divorce process with as little disruption to their lives as possible under the circumstances. As you navigate through the divorce process, one way to […]

Back-to-school tips for divorced parents

Effective, amicable communication with your ex-spouse about your children’s needs is always the goal, but achieving it can be a tall order in times of stress—and the beginning of the school year can be one of the most stressful. Follow these tips to reduce conflict with your ex and ease your children’s transition back-to-school: Meet […]

Custody Awards to Stay at Home Fathers – Myth or Reality

Most people would like to believe that custody laws in Illinois are gender neutral. While earlier case law favored mothers of young children under “the tender years doctrine”, in an effort to be more gender neutral, the custody laws were rewritten in the 1970’s and 1980’s so that they now clearly indicate that it is […]