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Court finds 'undocumented' does not mean 'unfit' in custody case p2

We are continuing our discussion of an appellate case from a different state. It is important to remember that Illinois courts are not bound by decisions from other states, but they can still look to other states' opinions for guidance, especially on new or emerging issues.

Court finds 'undocumented' does not mean 'unfit' in custody case

In Illinois and every other state, child custody issues are governed by the "best interest of the child" doctrine. And, just as every family is unique, every custody decision is decided on a unique set of facts. Statutes and case law provide some guidance on what factors a court should consider, but there is no such thing as a "rubber stamp" custody decision. Each family court must weigh the evidence in each case to determine what will be the best situation for that child.

And baby makes four: Birth certificate to list multiple parents

Custody battles are never easy, but they usually start with two parents listed on a birth certificate. A recent family law court case did not have the luxury of predetermined parents: Two women in a same-sex relationship used a friend's sperm to conceive their daughter, and the judge ruled that all three should be included on the child's birth certificate. While this has never happened in the state of Illinois, it could become an issue with the increasing number of legal rights same sex couples are receiving.

Iverson's personal problems affect custody, visitation ruling

A judge has ordered former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson to abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to scheduled visits with his children. This child custody restriction will remain in place until all of his five children reach the age of 18. This restriction was in addition to other limitations, such as requiring 12 months of AA meetings and 18 months of sobriety. The 37-year-old is also required to see a psychiatrist.

Another celebrity divorce highlights difficulties of getting along

While for many Illinois residents it may seem that celebrities remain in the news due to what many would consider overly dramatic lives, or perhaps just overly scrutinized lives, America just can't seem to get enough of celebrity divorces. Unfortunately for most that have gone through the process, the celebrity version is not that far off from real life, only perhaps with the exception of the money and assets involved.

After parents' deaths, child custody raises grandparents' rights

Some of the most difficult child custody decisions revolve around children who have lost their parents to a sudden tragedy. In such cases, it is possible that the parents' will specifies who they preferred to have legal responsibility for raising the child or children been left behind. In the absence of such that, however, it can be left for a court to make the child custody decision in the best interest of the child.

How to keep being a good father after divorce

As many Illinois parents who have split up know, going through a divorce means not only thinking about what's best for you, but also what's best for your children. Divorcing as parents means you'll have to determine a child custody arrangement, which will likely mean one or both of you will end up seeing your kids less than when you and your spouse were together. However, a recent article offers some advice for how divorced fathers can continue to play an important role in their children's lives.

Supreme Court considers international custody dispute (1 of 2)

When one or both parties to a family law case do not agree with the decision made by a trial court judge, they can file an appeal. Although rare, it is possible for a family law case to be appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court, the nation's highest court. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides of an international child custody dispute.

Groups say UN treaty on disability rights could hurt parents

Joni and Friends, a Christian outreach ministry for the disabled founded more than 30 years ago, has formally announced its opposition to a United Nations disability treaty up for ratification by the U.S. Senate.

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