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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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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Can A Child Support Order Be Changed?

Child support orders are legal documents that are designed to ensure that children receive the financial support they need from both parents after a divorce. Child support requires one parent to pay a specified amount of money to the other parent to support their child. Can a child support order...

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Can I Move Out of State with my Child?

Many reasons arise throughout a person’s life to cause them to consider moving to another state. For example, new job opportunities, educational pursuits, or being closer to extended family. While these reasons are valid, sharing custody or a placement schedule of children with the other parent...

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Garbage In = Garbage Out for Child Support

When child custody is a factor in your divorce, providing accurate financial information to your legal counsel is of critical importance to determining child support payments. The phrase “garbage in = garbage out” refers to circumstances in which the use of inaccurate data (garbage in) in a...

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