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Review of parental relocation laws in Illinois

Many people in Rockford and throughout Illinois may need to move over the summer. Parents, whether married or not, may need to move their families for a number of reasons. For instance, a parent may have a better job opportunity or may need to move to be closer to other relatives. In some instances, a parent may even want to relocate to get out of an abusive situation.

Parental responsibilities and choice of religion

One of the most sensitive and hard to talk about areas in a Rockford resident's life is religion or, for that matter, lack thereof. When it comes to the ultimate questions, people have very strong views, and parents typically raise their children to espouse their own views on such matters.

When can a teen choose which parent to live with?

A previous post on this blog talked about how parents in Rockford can manage to co-parent their older children, particularly their teenagers. Even when parents are getting along, allocating parental responsibilities in these situations can be particularly tricky for several reasons. For one, teenagers, more so than younger children, often have a life of their own, including activities, jobs and social occasions they prefer not to miss. Moreover, a teen may have a strong opinion about how much time he or she wants with each parent.

How does holiday parenting time work?

With Thanksgiving just past, many Rockford, Illinois, parents are probably busily making preparations for the Christmas season. Whether they observe Christmas as a religious holiday, commemorate another holiday from their own faith during this time or just take the season as an opportunity to have fun and be close to loved ones, parents usually look forward to their children being out of school.

What is the best interests of the child standard?

Even people in the Rockford area who have never been involved in a custody dispute themselves may have heard that courts will allocate parental responsibilities, that is, decide custody and visitation, based on what the courts believes are the best interests of the children involved.

A defense when restricted visits are threatened

Even if they know that their behavior has not been perfect, one of the last things that a parent wants to hear is a threat that they could have their parenting time restricted. The thought of supervised visits can conjure up images of sitting in an office with one's child and an unfriendly professional who is just watching.

Under what circumstances can parenting time be restricted?

A previous post on this blog discussed some of the reasons why a Rockford, Illinois, court might restrict a parent's responsibilities to make decisions for his or her child or even limit or restrict that parent's time with the child. However, although the reasons mentioned in that post would certainly be concerning, it is important to remember that judges cannot restrict parenting time for any reason.

Review of how contempt works in Illinois

Parents who live in Rockford, Illinois, and who are working hard to form a relationship with their children, may feel very frustrated when the other parent uses their power to withhold parenting time to which the first parent is legally entitled. They have every right to feel this way, and they should not hesitate to seek justice by going back to court and asking for help.

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