Now that summer is upon us and most children are out of school for the year (or will be very soon), many families are preparing for some dramatic schedule changes. This is tough enough even if you are still married, as parents must make arrangements to have childcare for their younger children during the workday, enroll the children in activities or camps, or plan summer outings for enrichment and to keep the kids occupied over the long days ahead.
Every divorce in Illinois can have its complications. From time to time a couple can divorce with few disputes, but generally there are disagreements as to how to handle the various aspects of the divorce. These aspects can include child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony and property division. Each of these issues are present in many divorces and each can bring about their own unique complications.
There are many adoptions in Illinois every year. It can be a very joyous time for both the family adopting the child and the child who is being adopted. It allows people who may not be able to have a child otherwise to start a family and allows a child to be a part of a loving family. Adoptions do not happen overnight though. In order to adopt a child there is a legal family law process that must be followed and it can take some time to complete.
There are many couples in Illinois who are not able to have children of their own. Some are physically unable for various reasons, others are same-sex couples and some families really want to help children in need. Others adopt children because they are concerned with another family member's care of the child, or they marry the child's parent. Whatever the reason, adoption is an area of family law that tends to be more of a joyous time as opposed to the battles that take place in other areas of family law, such as divorces and custody disputes.
Each family in Wisconsin has a different family dynamic. No family is quite the same as another, but the hope is that children in the families are being cared for properly. There is no one right way to care for a child, but their needs must be met. Also, the children need to be in a safe environment. However, not all parents are able to provide the proper care. Some have drug or alcohol addictions or other issues that prevent them from being proper parents. In situations like this more and more grandparents are stepping in to raise the children.
They are always messy. The kids will be traumatized. Exes hate each other.
Many things can happen to Illinois parents throughout the life of their children. Sometimes parents fall into bad habits and must give up custody of their children while they get themselves better. Sometimes parents commit crimes and go to jail or become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some parents are able to get their lives back on track, but they still need to petition the court for child custody in order to have their children again.
During a pending civil case involving the custody or visitation of minor children, a parent must request permission to remove the children to another state before doing so. This means that if the parent is offered a job in another state and they want to take their children with them they must first be granted permission for the removal.
It's no secret that children are often conceived by accident, outside of wedlock, and parents sometimes consider alternative choices such as adoption or abortion. What often happens is that the mother makes the executive decision of whether or not the keep and raise the baby. Fathers sometimes have little say in the matter. However, according to Illinois law, fathers do have a say. So what steps can a father take to prevent the mother of his child from giving the child up for adoption?
For many Rockford area families, adoption is an extremely joyous occasion, and is often one of the happier areas of family law. Most other areas of family law, such as divorce and child custody disputes, are adversarial in nature and both sides to the dispute are often times filled with negative emotions. However, when people come to the courthouse for an adoption proceeding, usually everyone leaves with smiles on their faces.