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Child Custody Archives

Custody regulations for moving to a different location

After a divorce in Illinois, one parent is typically granted physical custody of any children. This parent is who the children live with the majority of the time and who has general decision-making responsibly over the children on a day-to-day basis. If the parent decides to move and relocate the children, certain steps may need to be followed.

The concept of parenting time in Illinois child custody

If you have children and are getting a divorce in Illinois, you will hear the term “parenting time.” This is a newer term being used instead of visitation. We at Lois Kulinsky & Associates, LTD, are familiar with parenting time and how it applies to divorce cases. It is important that you, too, become familiar with this term and what it means.

What is the federal tax refund offset program?

If you are owed back child support, you may benefit from the federal tax refund offset program. According to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, if you qualify, the federal government will take the back support owed out of your child’s other parent’s tax refund. They then send it to the child support agency in Illinois, who will then pay you. If you are on public assistance, then you are eligible for the program if you are owed at least $150, but if you are not on assistance, then you will need to have a back child support balance of $500 or more.

Paternity fraud and related issues

Child custody can be one of the most contentious elements of a divorce. In most cases, it is beneficial for both parents to be involved in a child’s life, but often single parents are at odds about their parenting arrangements. This can be particularly difficult if paternity has not been adequately established. At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., we understand that paternity fraud can make things especially difficult for you or other Illinois residents who may have experienced it.

Does a father have parental rights to a child born from a rape?

If you live in Illinois, the answer to this question depends on your situation. First, it is important to understand what the state considers a rape offense. According to the Illinois Bar Association, these include, but are not limited to, the following: criminal aggravated sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, sexual relations with a family member, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. If the father is convicted of an offense that falls under that category, then he is automatically denied any parental rights to the child born from that act.

Stay-at-home dads, divorce and child custody in Illinois: FAQs

The basic family structure in the United States has changed over the last few decades. Neighborhoods throughout the country no longer have one standard type of family; many different family structures are now accepted and even celebrated.

Jolie-Pitt custody request brings attention to age and impact

Child custody is often the catalyst for issues during divorce procedures in Illinois. This is also true when it comes to high-profile divorces, like the one between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. According to ABC News, Jolie, who filed for the divorce, is not asking for any child support. Instead, her divorce petition focuses on custody of their six children.

Parental abduction explained

One of the biggest concerns that some parents in Illinois may have is parental abduction. This can occur for a number of reasons but if it does happen, it can leave the other parent in a state of turmoil and fear over the child’s safety. Therefore, it is important for all parents to understand what it is, so they can prevent it from happening.

Navigating summer fun with kids after a divorce

Whether you are in the midst of a divorce or have just recently gotten divorced and you have kids still at home, you will learn how challenging the summer break time can be. Many other Illinois parents have had to navigate this time as well and it can be quite different than figuring out how to manage a relatively regular school-year schedule.