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Paper offers guidance to fertility clinics on contracts involving frozen embryo rights

Creating a human life is a profound act, and one that can create a lot of legal complications when done in the lab. The use of artificial reproductive technologies, while allowing couples to exercise increased control over their ability to procreate, can result in difficult legal issues when disagreements later arise.

What is parental alienation and what can be done about it?

In our last post, we began looking at the importance of cooperation between parents in making a proposed child custody arrangement work. As we noted, the ability to cooperate is an important factor in determining whether a proposed custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child, and it can also seriously impact how involved a court may become in custody matters after an initial custody decision is made.

What is parental alienation and what can be done about it?

One of the biggest concerns couples with children bring to divorce is how to address custody and parenting time issues so that the children’s needs are addressed and the divorce has as little negative impact as possible. Cooperation between both parents is essential for this, regardless of what parenting time arrangement is ultimately approved.

Pre-Father’s Day rally calls attention to potential bias in family court

Bias against fathers was one of the themes of a gathering of divorce parents in Lake County on Friday in Waukegan. The event, organized by a group called Illinois for Parental Equality, was aimed at raising awareness of parental rights and promoting reform in the family court system so that divorced fathers have more access to their children.

Surviving summer while co-parenting

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.

New IL law brings changes to language around custody, visitation, P.2

Last time, we began looking several changes made by a child custody law that went into effect this year. As we noted, some of the changes were substantive and other merely involved language, but in either case, an experienced attorney should be able to leverage these changes to help advocate for the interests of a parent.

Looking at the role of fault in Illinois child custody cases

In our last post, we looked briefly at some of the ways fault can come into play in property division. As we’ve pointed out, although fault is no longer recognized as a factor for purposes of dissolution, fault-base factors can come into play in the division of property.  Here, we’ll look briefly at how fault-based factors can impact child custody determinations.

Work with experienced attorney to manage custody issues in deployment

In our last couple posts, we spoke briefly about military family care plans and some of the issues that can come up with them. Here, we wanted to briefly mention a federal law which may provide protection to military members who face the unfortunate situation of having a spouse initiate child custody proceedings while the military spouse is deployed overseas.

Military family care plans in child custody determinations, P.1

We have spoken in previous posts about the factors and presumption judges consider and work with when making best interests determinations for purposes of child custody and parenting time arrangements. One of the points we mentioned was judges do consider the terms of a parent’s military family care plan when making best interests determinations.

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