Archive, December 2015.
Moving to a new city or state for a new job, or just to be closer to family is a decision many people make without a second thought. However, if you have a custody order, then you may not be able to simply pick up and move. You may first have to get the permission of the court.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child visitation DuPage County family law lawyer Illinois child custody Illinois family law move after divorce move out of state order of removal
Child custody and visitation are some of the most difficult issues to resolve in a divorce or separation. Sometimes a court enlists in the help of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to provide unbiased information and opinion to help resolve the dispute. If a court appoints a GAL, then both parents must understand the GAL’s role and how they may impact their child custody case.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child custody child custody disputes custody disputes DuPage County guardianship lawyers guardian ad litem
Divorce is one of the most turbulent times anyone may experience. It can drain a person both emotionally and financially. As unpleasant as divorce can be, there are many factors that further complicate the decision to initiate a divorce. These factors include fear about splitting assets, child custody disputes, and determining alimony payments. Factoring in a spouse with a substance abuse problem can make the decision to divorce more difficult than usual.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged decision to divorce divorce and substance abuse divorce process DuPage County divorce attorneys Illinois divorce attorney spouse addiction
A child’s feelings and attitudes towards their parents change over time. These changes can be influenced by changes at school in a child's social groups and by his or her experiences surrounding the divorce of a child's parents. In some cases, certain changes can support a custody or visitation modification. To be sure, mistreatment by a parent or stepparent can support a change in custody. The same can be said for illegal activities or activities that endanger the child, like drug or alcohol abuse.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged change in visitation custody agreement custody and visitation DuPage County child custody lawyers
Deciding child custody and visitation can be complex for divorcing parents. This is particularly true if you did not choose your custody and visitation arrangement or would like a change in custody. Whether you have agreed to your child custody arrangements or a court ordered it, it is still important to understand the basics of custody and visitation according to state law.
Posted in Visitation | Tagged custody and visitation custody arrangement non custodial parents parent visitation
You should not live in fear of another person. If you are divorcing or separating from your partner and he or she is harassing or abusing you, you may be able to request an order of protection to protect yourself from further harm.
Posted in Domestic Violence | Tagged divorcing spouses DuPage County domestic violence lawyers emergency order of protection interim order of protection order of protection plenary order of protection
There are not many issues in a divorce that are as difficult as deciding which parent a child will live with post divorce. Even after a court has decided child custody and visitation, one parent may want to request changes to custody throughout the child’s youth. There are several reasons why a noncustodial parent would want to seek a change in custody; such reasons may include:
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged change in child custody child custody child custody agreement child custody modification DuPage County child custody attorneys visitation
One of the most difficult things to deal with is an allegation of domestic violence in the middle of a family law case. Because judges rightfully take domestic violence claims seriously, even unfounded allegations can drastically affect the way a family law case moves forward. Sometimes, even parenting time is cut off. If you are the subject of domestic violence allegations, you need to understand your rights.
Posted in Visitation | Tagged domestic violence domestic violence allegations DuPage County family law attorney order of protection parenting time
Many people are under the mistaken impression that prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” are only for people who enter into a marriage with significant personal assets, or who stand to inherit substantial assets at a later date. While it certainly is the case that wealthy people often use prenuptial agreements to protect assets in the event of a divorce, these types of agreements can also greatly benefit people who may have more modest means. For this reason, it is very important for anyone considering getting married to discuss how a prenuptial agreement may be able to help them with an …
Posted in Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements | Tagged DuPage County prenuptial agreement lawyers Illinois divorce Illinois family law lawyers Illinois law marital estate prenuptial agreements
Determining child support payments can be a difficult task—one that is further complicated for unmarried parents. Compared to more “traditional cases”, unmarried parents have many unique considerations to keep in mind when determining visitation rights, paternity, and child support.
Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support complications DuPage County family law attorney establish paternity establishing paternity unmarried parents
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Illinois, state representatives have taken notice by drafting and implementing new survivor-oriented legislation to help make it easier for survivors of domestic violence and abuse to protect themselves, their family, and to hopefully eradicate themselves from a bad situation.
Posted in Domestic Violence | Tagged abuse survivors abuse victim domestic violence domestic violence survivors House Bill 1121 Marsy’s Law
When considering filing for divorce, many people get nervous about when they think about the possibility of having to testify in court. While most divorce cases settle long before trial, testifying as part of the divorce case may be required.
Posted in Family Law | Tagged deposition testimony DuPage County family law attorney filing for divorce Illinois divorce case testify under oath