Tag Archives: Custody

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 […]

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 […]

A Child Does Not have the Right to Ultimately Choose His or Her Custodian

One of the pervasive urban myths that I have heard during my many years of family law practice is that children at the age of 13 have the right to choose which parent they live with.  I have heard this from clients, prospective clients and even an occasional practitioner. This statement is unequivocally false.  The […]

Citizenship Registration for Foreign Born Children

American citizens often spend time overseas for job assignments, military deployments or sabbaticals.  On occasion, these extended stays will result in the birth of a child out of wedlock.  Where a child is born abroad and out of wedlock to a father who is a United States citizen, that child is a citizen of the […]