How Long Does It Take DCFS to Investigate a Case in Illinois?

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has 60 days to complete an investigation, although this timeline can sometimes be extended. A call to the DCFS hotline starts the clock ticking. Under Illinois law, DCFS must maintain a 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline so the public and those...

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Are You Required to Take a Drug Test for DCFS in Illinois?

Are you facing a Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) investigation in Illinois and worried about a drug test? It’s a common concern among families and individuals facing inquiries from DCFS. This part of the process can seem intimidating, especially if you don’t understand your...

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Can DCFS Come Into Your Home in Illinois?

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of children in Illinois. They might wish to enter your home if they have concerns about a child’s safety. Here’s what you need to know about when they can do so legally. How Does DCFS...

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Who Gets the Dog? Animals in Divorce.

Pets are part of your family, so people often don’t think about what will happen to them during the pendency or finalizing of a divorce. Will a judge order shared custody or set a visitation schedule as they might with your human children? This is a very common and real issue that divorcing...

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