Tag Archives: Child Custody

A Practical Guide to Navigating Visitation Disputes

All too often, litigants work tirelessly to finalize a comprehensive parenting order only to have disputes over parenting time after the order is entered.  The purpose of this article is to provide a few practical tips to deal with these common problems, including some new remedies for litigants provided by recent amendments to the Illinois […]

A Joint Parenting Agreement is a Contract

When parties are negotiating terms of a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) or a Joint Parenting Agreement (JPA) at the eleventh hour, they might be inclined to make concessions for the sake of “getting it over with.”  Perhaps the parties are inclined to insert a provision into the agreement that will not take effect for a […]

Back to School Tips for Divorced Parents

The beginning of the school year can be a hectic time for any parent. However, the return to school can be an especially stressful time for divorced parents who have to balance their child’s busy schedule between two households. The following are back-to-school tips to create a smoother transition. Plan ahead for the upcoming year- […]

Is it Really Easier to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

A New Law Penalizes Parents Who Violate Visitation Orders On August 21, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3823 into law.  The law gives judges the authority to suspend driver’s licenses, impose fines and order jail time for people who deny non-custodial parent visitation rights without having good cause.  Although the court can reinstate […]

Top Ten Myths in Illinois Divorce Cases [Myth #6]

Myth: If I have shared or joint legal custody, and a shared visitation schedule, I won’t have to pay any child support. Not true. Courts are loathe to not award child support. They will look at the parenting schedule but they will also pay very close attention to the financial resources of the parties and […]

Top Ten Myths in Illinois Divorce Cases [Myth #5]

Myth: Joint legal custody means that the children spend half of their time with Mom, and half of their time with Dad. That is not true. Joint legal custody is a legal term that means major decisions concerning education, medical care, and religious upbringing are made jointly by the parents.  Joint custody has nothing to […]

Practical Tips for Divorcing Parents: Set and Remember Goals

A divorce can be one of the most difficult ordeals individuals experience in their lives. A family is being torn in two. Parents are separated from their children. Financial stability is undermined. Unfettered access to money and family is replaced by state involvement and court orders mandating when individuals can see their children and what […]

Shared Parenting Time In Dual Income Families

As working parents’ roles in the lives of their children evolve with the demands of the modern economy, so too do their parental rights as divorced parents. Traditionally, a child’s custodial parent would be the primary residential parent and child support recipient and the non-custodial parent would pay child support and be granted “visitation.” Those […]

Planning Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

Parents facing separation or divorce can find joy in the holidays with proper planning A good plan is like a road map, and although members of families coping with divorce may be traveling somewhat different routes, it is possible to find joy during the holiday season if parents think ahead and carefully plan ways to […]

Understanding Your Client’s Mental Health Needs

When working with a client going through the often difficult process of divorce, taking any mental health concerns into consideration is critically important, especially when the issues include custody and parenting time. Whether you represent the client who has always been the primary caretaker of the children, or the party who has not historically played […]