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Program aims to reduce conflict between divorced parents

One Illinois county has started a new program that is intended to make the exchange of a child between parents less stressful for everyone involved. DeKalb County has joined two other counties with similar programs. The county will offer the Neutral Exchange Program on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

The advantages and disadvantages of a custody case

Although it may not seem obvious at first, there are both advantages and disadvantages to opening an Illinois custody case. As individual situations differ, there is no correct answer on how parents should proceed.

Procedures for relocation by a custodial parent

As Illinois residents may know, relocation for a better paying job, family assistance with children or education is common in today's mobile society. A custodial parent may face obstacles, particularly if the child custody arrangement does not make provision for this alteration. It is important to know what is expected to make the transition easier.

Deciding the best interests of the child

An Illinois parent faced with a custody situation or the possible termination of parental rights may wonder about the considerations that factor into the decisions regarding a child's best interests. There is not an exact standard used in making custody decisions, and factors unique to a specific case may play an important role in a judge's decisions.

Can grandparents petition for visitation in Illinois?

Often, during a divorce or other type of custody dispute, grandparents can see their time with their grandchildren diminished. It's also common for grandparents to fight for visitation when one or both parents are either unwilling or unable to care for the grandchildren. Grandparents sometimes assume that they have no legal recourse, but that's not necessarily the case. Grandparents can file a petition for visitation rights. However, the situation in question must meet certain criteria for the court to consider the petition.

How can a child custody action be initiated in Illinois?

There are various circumstances that can affect the need to determine custody issues for a child in Illinois. While divorce is the most common situation, there are other events that may prompt a need for someone other than a parent to file for custody. The courts in Illinois are concerned with the best interests of a child being represented, and in some cases, a representative may be appointed on behalf of a child to ensure that best interests are not ignored.

Illinois children found safe after issuing Amber Alert

Two children who were reportedly taken from their mother during the morning of Aug. 14 were returned safely to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Custody. The children were taken by the father while they waited in a car outside of the Lake County public defender's office. According to the child's mother, he wanted her to go there to recant two previous domestic violence allegations against him.

How does a judge determine child custody in Illinois?

Many parents in Illinois who are going through a divorce find that one of the more emotional aspects of the process is how to deal with custody and living arrangements of their children going forward. As is the case around the country, courts in Illinois are required to determine child custody in accordance with the best interests of the children. The Illinois General Assembly has enacted legislation that sets forth a variety of elements that go into this decision. The following brief summary is not intended to constitute legal advice, and every family's situation is different.

Child support orders for Halle Berry

Illinois residents who are fans of actress Halle Berry may have heard of her recent court negotiations with the father of her six-year-old daughter. Berry has been ordered by a judge to pay her ex-boyfriend, a model, $16,000 per month in child support. This adds up to nearly $200,000 per year.

New push in Illinois toward joint child custody in divorces

Like several other states, Illinois is re-examining its policy on child custody and may be changing the way custody is routinely awarded. Some argue that despite the changing landscape of work and childcare over the past few decades, judges still tend to give primary custody to the mother, and fathers increasingly feel left out. Some parents, lawmakers and others argue that a child does better if both parents share custody equally.

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