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February 2013 Archives

Appealing Indicated Reports for DCFS: 3 Recommendations

Being indicated by DCFS can be one of the most challenging times in one's life. Fortunately, those being investigated are entitled to their own rights. Upon being indicated for a child abuse or neglect finding, the standard of proof is preponderance of the evidence, meaning that the State is responsible for providing necessary evidence to prove the finding. Unfortunately, DCFS investigations are commonly wrongly indicated. Once indicated, the alleged perpetrator's name will be in the DCFS State Central Register for a varying amount of time, depending on the seriousness of the allegations. If you have been indicated by DCFS for child abuse or neglect, and believe your case to be unfounded (meaning the State has not provided sufficient evidence to support the finding) you have the right to challenge or appeal the indicated finding. The following list provides a few necessary measures one should take in order to appeal an indicated report.

Parents can challenge custody cases when child lives abroad

Should international child custody disputes end if the child is already living in another country? Earlier this week the Supreme Court reviewed an international custody case between a U.S. soldier and his wife from Scotland and their ruling could impact future international custody disputes involving a U.S. parent.

Co-Parenting: When Religion is a Factor in Your Divorce

Co-parenting when religion is a factor is always a delicate issue. Whether you and your ex both practice two different religions, or whether only one of you is religious at all, deciding how to raise your child together can be a controversial matter. In situations where religion is involved, respecting your ex's wishes regarding how to raise your child is a necessary component to your co-parenting agreement. While the issue of religion may not be important to you or your ex during the younger stages of your child's life, as the child grows older religion may begin to become more and more important to you and your child. The following describe a few recommendations for those whose co-parenting situation involves a difference of religion.

Should Illinois revise their child support calculations?

Should child support calculations be revised in Illinois? The state has continued to debate whether child support should be reformed or not even though the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee said that the state should change how they calculate child support.

3 Steps for Protecting Yourself From a Stalker: get a no contact order

According to a U.S. Department of Justice study in 2009, 3.3 million people ages 18 or older were stalked in United States during a 1-year time span. Even more shocking, 76% of abused women who are murdered by their abuser were stalked by that abuser before the murder took place. The issue of stalking is not one to take lightly. If you are a victim of stalking, you must first and foremost take measures to protect yourself by contacting the police and/or hiring an attorney. Due to January being national stalking awareness month, we encourage those who fear being victimized by a stalker to consider their options in terms of protection. Many times victims are unaware that the harassment they are experiencing can legally be defined as stalking, and is classified in the State of Illinois as a class 4 felony. For more information on what can legally be defined as "stalking," in the State of Illinois, please see the Illinois Compiled Statutes, 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3. If you are living with the threat of a stalker looming over your life, the following steps can be taken with the assistance of an attorney to ensure your safety:

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