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Can stepparents get custody of a stepchild in Illinois?


In Illinois, many times after a parent has a child, he or she ends up marrying someone else besides the child's other parent. This occurs sometimes in situations where the children's biological parents were never married or in situations where the biological parents are divorced. Therefore, many children have stepparents. In these situations, it is possible that stepparents play a major role in the stepchild's life and they become very close.

How evaluations are used in Illinois child custody decisions


Many children in Illinois are a part of families with separated parents. In these situations there is often a child custody order that states who has the authority to make decisions regarding the child and where the child will live. These orders also state when each parent will have parenting time or visitation with the child.

Modifying a child custody order in Illinois


Any parent in Illinois can attest to the fact that a child's needs, wants and desires change dramatically over the course of his or her childhood. Parents have to continually adapt and keep up with the changes. Some changes are more difficult than others, but each one must be dealt with. This can be a hard job for parents who are living together and can easily work together, but the task can become even more difficult for divorced parents, who may not see eye to eye on all the parenting decisions.

Indianapolis Colts owner won't testify in custody case


Many NFL fans in Illinois may be aware that the Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, was charged and convicted of driving under the influence this past summer. There were many pills found in his car as well as $29,000 in cash. Well apparently that incident caused him to become involved in his daughter's child custody case.

Determining child custody in Illinois


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.

How does joint custody differ from sole custody?

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.

Sherri Shepherd's surrogate due as custody dispute continues


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.

Man serving in the Navy almost loses child custody while deployed


Many people in Illinois have gone through child custody battles. These can happen as part of a divorce or when a child is born out of wedlock. Child custody battles can be very contentious, as dealing with children can be a very emotional experience. The battle may also continue throughout the time the child is a minor. Child custody matters can be very complicated for anyone, but can be even more complicated for people serving in the military.

Bethenny Frankel testifies during child custody dispute


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.

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