Tag Archives: Children

Hard Cases Make Bad Law: Recent Trends in College Education Decisions

I recently read an article on the differences in how Illinois appellate courts are split on whether or not a child of divorce has “standing” (legal term for the right to be in court asking for something) to enforce the college education provisions in his or her parents’ divorce decree.  What does this mean in […]

Preparing For Summer Co-Parenting

Though many children look forward to the fun, freedom, and activities that typically come with summer vacation, it can be a challenging time for both the children and the parents in divorcing or post-divorce families. Under many custody arrangements, children are with one parent or the other for longer stretches during the summer than during […]

A Fresh Start in the New Year

Typically, each new year brings a sense of anticipation and a fresh start. However, it may not feel this way for those going through or contemplating a divorce. In fact, the new year may create uneasy feelings and a concern about the future. Planning and forward thinking can make the process easier, reducing anxiety, stress, […]

Tips on How to Reconnect with an Estranged Child

Some parents have estranged relationships with their children. Whether the estrangement was caused by bad decisions, alienation by the other parent, geographical constraints, service in the military and separation from the child for a long period of time, or other reasons, there is no better time than the present to take the first step. Some […]

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 […]

Holidays and Divorce – Tips for Enjoying the True Spirit of the Holidays

The holidays evoke universal feelings of peace, joy and hope.  Yet, for some individuals going through the difficult process of a divorce, the mere mention of the holiday season causes anxiety.   While it may seem impossible to enjoy yourself in light of your situation, rest assured it is not.  Following just a few tips during […]

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 […]