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Other factors in Illinois child custody determinations

In a recent post, we began speaking about the various factors judges take into consideration when making child custody determinations in Illinois. As we noted, the most important factor is the best interests of the child, but a variety of circumstances impact what is best for children in terms of custody and parenting time arrangements.

Bests interest factors in Illinois child custody cases

Many aspects of the divorce process can be difficult for families to work through, but child custody disputes can be particularly challenging, especially for parents. Parents tend to go into custody disputes with the mentality that they have a right to care for and raise their child, and this is true, generally speaking.

Reality TV star exits rehab in attempt to gain custody of kids

Fans in Illinois of reality TV stars the Kardashians may know that Kourtney Kardashian and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick recently broke up. The couple has three children together and Kardashian said that Disick needed to go to rehab to deal with his addictions prior to getting child custody or even unsupervised parenting time with the children. Disick did enter rehab, but recently left after about a month of rehabilitation. Disick has stated that he would like joint custody of the children.

The new Illinois relocation laws

In November, our firm detailed some recent and important changes to Illinois family law. Specifically, we explained some of the adjustments to child custody under the Illinois Marriage and Dissociation of Marriage Act. In this post, we would like to share some recent amendments to removal or relocation laws, which will go into effect on January 1, 2016.

Getting divorced? Child custody laws are changing in Illinois.

Over the next two months, our firm would like to update you about some recent and important adjustments to Illinois family law, which begin on January 1, 2016. Quite a few changes have been made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissociation of Marriage Act (IMDMA). We should being by sharing one of the biggest amendments, which will affect future child custody determinations.

Restrictions on parental responsibilities in Illinois


Not all parents in Illinois live with their children all the time. Many parents are either divorced or were never married to the other parent. In these situations, many times the parents have child custody orders which govern which parent will make decisions regarding the children and when each parent will be with the children.

Allocating parenting time in a child custody case in Illinois


Divorce is not uncommon in Illinois and as a result many local children grow up with parents living in two locations. In these situations there is often a child custody agreement in place to govern each parent's role in raising the child. These orders determine which parent will make the decisions regarding the child or whether the parents will share that responsibility with joint custody.

Kelly Rutherford's child custody case has another complication


Fans in Illinois of Kelly Rutherford may have been following her very complicated child custody battle. Initially, a California court ordered that Rutherford's ex-husband have custody of the children in Monaco after he lost his visa and had to return to the country. Since then, Rutherford has had to fly to Monaco in order to see her children.

How to determine whether parents should have joint child custody


Making decisions regarding the well-being of children can be difficult enough when parents are married, but it can be even more difficult after a divorce. After the divorce many decisions need to be made, but the parents are no longer living together and may not get along very well. So, there needs to be an order determining who will be making those decisions for the children and that is what a child custody order does.

Right of first refusal in child custody matters in Illinois


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.

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