How Long Does It Take DCFS to Investigate a Case in Illinois?

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has 60 days to complete an investigation, although this timeline can sometimes be extended. A call to the DCFS hotline starts the clock ticking. Under Illinois law, DCFS must maintain a 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline so the public and those...

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Can I Change My Parenting Time Agreement in Illinois?

The parenting time agreement that you and your ex landed on when you first divorced or first addressed the matter through the court may have served your family's needs well at the time, but times change, and the need for modifications is not uncommon. If you've experienced a significant shift in...

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Child Custody Factors – What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Divorce or separation is never easy, especially when children are involved. Often, one of the most contentious matters that needs to be resolved is the question of child custody - referred to as “parenting time” in the Illinois statutes. If you and your child’s other parent are unable to come to...

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