How Is “Child Custody” Determined in Illinois?

Child Custody

Illinois has done away with the arcane term of “child custody” in relation to care of children by parents in divorce or paternity cases. Since 2016, Illinois law terminology regarding “child custody” was eliminated and replaced with “parental responsibilities”. Likewise, the term, “visitation” became “parenting time”. Parents should understand that, as a starting point, there is …

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How Divorce Mediation and Limited Scope Legal Representation Go Hand In Hand

Divorce Mediation

By Matthew Carroll and Rachel Hernandez In most divorce cases, people hire attorneys to represent them through the divorce process. The attorneys will be with them from the beginning to the end, potentially representing them in court all along the way. A litigated divorce tends to be costly, with attorneys providing their clients with their …

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Common Divorce Mistakes

Common Divorce Mistakes

Going through the divorce process can be emotionally draining even in the best circumstances when both spouses agree divorce is in the best interests of their family. There is almost always a grieving process, especially when the spouses are angry at each other, or one spouse wants a divorce and the other does not. Although …

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Common Divorce Fears

Common Divorce Fears

A divorce can be a frightening process, particularly for those people who have been married for many years. Sometimes, they cannot even articulate what they are afraid of; they just know they are afraid of what lies ahead. Financial Fear One fear is  what will happen to the family assets that were previously used to support …

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Tips for Surviving A Divorce

Tips for surviving a divorce

Surviving a divorce may seem impossible. Going through the divorce process is always difficult, even when both spouses believe it is in their best interest to separate. It is one of the most significant events in an adult person’s life in terms of loss and grief. The adjustment is more difficult for some than for others, but …

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Divorce and Co-Parenting

Co-Parenting

Married couples can divorce each other, but if they have children, they are not divorcing them, and both will remain their parents forever. Ideally both parents will continue to have a close relationship with their minor children. This means putting aside their personal grievances with each other and learning what co-parenting is all about. What is …

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