Can Your Illinois Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?

During the divorce process, some of the most critical issues revolve around child custody and visitation. Typically, parents work together—usually with the assistance of a skilled Bloomington, IL, child custody lawyer—to establish a parenting plan before the divorce is finalized. In some cases, however, parents cannot agree on where the child will live most of the time or the other parent’s visitation rights. Although there are several considerations weighed by the courts to determine a fair custody agreement in the child’s best interests, one of the most impactful occurs when a child expresses a preference regarding which parent they would


How Illinois Courts Determine Child Custody

During any Illinois family law proceedings, some of the most pressing questions parents have involve the determination of child custody. In the past, determining child custody depended solely on the laws set forth by each state, making child custody cases involving parents in different states—or a parent who has recently moved into or out of a state—especially complicated. Fortunately, in part to minimize interstate custody disputes, Illinois adopted the Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act, or UCCJEA. Illinois Child Custody Jurisdiction Before an Illinois judge can issue a custody order as part of a divorce or other child custody dispute,


How Do the Courts Determine an Unfit Parent in Illinois?

In Illinois courts, as in family courts throughout the nation, the court’s primary function is to achieve what is in the best interests of the children involved. As a result, Illinois family law courts generally opt to allow both parents to continue participating in their children’s lives. Unfortunately, in situations where remaining in the care of a parent would result in abuse, neglect, or other harm to the children, the children’s best interests may involve declaring a parent unfit. Ramifications of Unfit Parent Accusations While the state of Illinois prefers to allow children to remain with their parents, as mentioned


Essential Elements of a Parenting Plan

When married parents decide to divorce, their roles and responsibilities remain unchanged. However, they must account for their new, separate living situation and come to terms with child custody. If they cannot, the court may decide for them. However, it’s generally best for divorcing parents to make every attempt to mediate their child custody determinations to avoid the time and expense required of litigation. This requires developing a mutually agreeable and legally enforceable parenting plan during divorce proceedings that outlines the parents’ rights and responsibilities going forward. A Midwest family law attorney is the best possible resource for any divorcing


What Is the Difference Between Legal & Physical Custody in Illinois?

Custodial agreements can be long and complex and vary a lot from case to case. That’s why it’s critical that you become familiar with the various components of a custodial agreement, as well as the legal language involved. For example, consider the concepts of legal and physical custody, which several states establish as two separate legal terms. Often, people only think of custody in terms of where the child is physically located and imagine that custody battles are generally focused now determining the child’s primary residence and discussing how many weekends and holidays are awarded to the other parent. While


An In-Depth look at Oklahoma’s Child Custody Relocation Laws

There are many steps involved in the process of relocating, from switching over your Internet, utilities, packing, scheduling movers, and more. When you have children from a prior relationship, the process becomes even more complicated, especially if you’re moving a fair distance away. Oklahoma law has several stipulations for such an eventuality. Failing to comply could put you in legal trouble or jeopardize your parental rights, regardless of the reason for the move. That’s why it’s critical to work with Oklahoma child custody attorneys familiar with the specific mandates of places like Tulsa or Oklahoma City. Your attorney can guide


Coparenting During a Pandemic

Coordinating childcare when parents are separated or divorced can be difficult under the smoothest of conditions. Decisions need to be made regarding where the child spends most of their time, what school they attend, and what habits they maintain. In the midst of the pandemic, the situation is suddenly far more complex. Even in relatively amicable arrangements, the conditions of your custody agreement may currently be incompatible with present CDC safety recommendations or mandated announcements issued by the mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. For the health and safety of the child and all other family members, parents must reevaluate


If child support obligations are overwhelming, reach out for help

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, June 12, 2020. Child support is an essential protection and benefit that is often granted to children when their parents divorce or separate. The goal of support is to provide the child with the same financial support that they would have received if both parents were residing in the same household. In Kansas, much like in other states, child support is normally paid by the parent who sees the child less or who earns more. For example, an high-earning parent who sees their child two days a week is likely to pay support


How do Missouri families get child support?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. No one has a child thinking that court-mandated child support will be part of their lives. But children deserve the best they can get, whether or not their parents are together or agreeing about how to support them. As a result, every state has a government division that can help sort out these needs. What is this government division in Missouri? The Department of Social Services in Jefferson City and its other offices around Missouri are there to provide essential state services to families and children. Specifically, the Family


Act quickly when you can no longer afford to pay child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, May 22, 2020. Getting a court order determining the amount of child support you must pay does not always mean you can afford the payments. However, you cannot simply stop making your payments, as this would result in significant legal consequences. It may also affect your relationship with your children. In our experience serving Saint Louis County families, we have learned that nearly all parents want to provide for their kids. Unfortunately, life sometimes has an annoying way of making it hard to accomplish this goal. Losing


Child support is vital for a child

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The concept of child support is very broad, as it takes a lot of people to create the right environment for kids. However, there are only a few people who are directly responsible for a child’s safety and upbringing. In most cases, these are parents, but what if they can’t support a child together? There are many concepts in the law and society that help divorced or separated parents work out their differences and give a child the best chance at a happy childhood.


How does Missouri regulate child support?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Single parents have it tough. There are a lot of things to work out for a child’s well-being and development, and the prospect of handling extra work like day care and a college education without help is daunting. Fortunately, child support can help get the job done. Where did child support requirements come from? Divorce was not common in Missouri until the middle of the 20th century, when certain laws regarding separating spouses’ conduct were passed. The Show Me State started child support in


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