Many parents in Illinois have joint custody of their children. Even if the parents do not have joint child custody arrangements, most times, the non-custodial parent still receives visitation with the children. Generally, the parents have a visitation schedule that states when the children will be with each parent on a regular basis. Once ordered, each parent is required to follow it.
Divorce and child custody matters can be very difficult for the parents involved. They are generally very emotional decisions as well. Due to the combination of the emotions and the complicated nature of the determination, many times a custody determination becomes quite contentious. Understanding the process and legal basis involved in custody determinations can be very beneficial.
There are many couples in Illinois who have contemplated a divorce or may be in the process of starting one. There are some issues that any couple going through a divorce will have to work out, but child custody and child support are issues that only those couples with minor children will need to decide upon.
Illinois residents who are fans of the popular television show "The View" may know that Sherri Shepherd is having a child via surrogacy. They may also know that she is no longer with the father. The surrogate is due to give birth to the child, but the couple is currently going through a divorce and they have not determined who will have custody of the child. Shepherd's husband is seeking sole legal and physical custody of the child, and Shepherd's position is not known.
Fans of Bethenny Frankel in Illinois probably are well aware that she is going through a bitter child custody battle as a part of her divorce from Jason Hoppy. Frankel, who is a former reality television star and talk show host, filed for divorce in January of 2013. She is seeking primary custody of the couple's 4-year-old daughter. Her husband is seeking joint custody. Frankel testified in court recently and talked about the verbal abuse and other behavior her husband has displayed since she filed for divorce.
In Illinois, many parents have custody orders and visitation schedules. These orders determine when each parent will see and care for the child. Most child custody orders indicate who will be picking up the child or dropping off the child. For the most part, these exchanges occur without any problems, even if the parents are not getting along. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, for one reason or another, a parent may not want to give the child to the other parent. When this occurs, a conflict generally arises and the custody order may need to be revisited in court.
In many divorces, the question of whom will care for the children is a major decision. Child custody determinations can be very contentious, for a variety of reasons. This tends to be the case in situations where both parents show a strong interest in wanting to raise the children. However, even though custody decisions can be contentious, they are also very important.
NBA fans in Illinois may have known that Steve Nash was involved in a long child custody dispute with his ex-wife. Recently, that child custody dispute ended with a settlement. The couple separated in 2010 and they have three children together. A judge accepted the terms of the settlement and sealed it. The exact terms of the settlement have not been disclosed to the public.
While child custody issues can be emotional, and sometimes difficult, it is important that all parties focus on achieving the best interests of the children.