What Happens in a Custody Battle?

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If you and your spouse are divorcing or separating, you may have fears about the upcoming “custody battle” that will take place between you and your spouse regarding your children. While it is true that many custody cases can be very contentious, a battle is not inevitable. Here’s a look into what you need to… Read more »

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Now Replaces “Child Custody” In Illinois

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New laws have taken effect in Illinois that replace certain definitions concerning family law and how divorced, separated, or otherwise unmarried parents spend time with their children. Senate Bill 57 became law as of January 2016 and contains significant changes about how and when visitation is allocated, which may affect you. To start, terms like… Read more »

Changes To Illinois Child Custody Laws

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In 2016, Illinois passed legislation altering the laws concerning child custody. The new law seeks to make both parents more involved in the upbringing of their children and prevent feelings of exclusion for the betterment of the child. The changes bring Illinois more in line with other states across the country in terms of language… Read more »

Fathers’ Rights to Custody (Allocation of Parental Responsibilities) of Children

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In Illinois, child custody is now referred to as “allocation of parental responsibilities” and visitation is now referred to as “parenting time.” Mothers who give birth to children automatically have full parental rights over that child, including the right to allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody). When the mother of the child… Read more »

Second-Parent Custody and Adoption in Illinois

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In a same-sex relationship where the couple is married and has a child, both biological parents are automatically granted parental rights and custody over that child. This allows both parents to make decision about the child, and protects both parents in the event of a divorce; both parents may have the right to child custody… Read more »