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Child Custody Archives

Managing a new school year after a child custody change

The first year or two after a divorce can be tricky for everyone involved, but kids are placed in an especially awkward position. For Illinois families struggling to settle into a new child custody routine, a new school year can be a challenge. These tips can help make this time of transition a bit easier for all parties. 

Lisa Marie Presley fights to seal child custody records

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle for some time now. In a recent development, Presley asked the court to seal all records in her child custody case. Her estranged husband, music manager Michael Lockwood, opposes that move. Illinois readers may be interested to learn that the court has sided with Presley, at least on a temporary basis, and the records will be sealed until a permanent decision is reached. 

Considering identity during child custody negotiations

For many Illinois parents, a primary focus during a divorce is how to divide parenting rights and responsibilities. While moving through the child custody process, it's easy to overlook the role that identity will play in each parent's life after the divorce is made final. Failing to address the issue can lead to negative consequences for both parent and child. 

New law could create new embryo child custody challenges

A Southwestern state has passed a law focused on how to resolve disputes regarding frozen embryos. The issue has become the subject of debate in recent years, and various child custody cases have centered on whether one party has the right to use frozen embryos to have a child against the wishes of the other party. Now, at least in one state, the party who wishes to use the genetic material to create a child will have the upper hand. That has many in Illinois concerned.

Home improvement tv star facing child custody challenge

Some Illinois readers will be familiar with the work of Nicole Curtis, who stars on the home improvement reality tv show "Rehab Addict." Curtis has been involved in a lengthy child custody battle with her former partner, a businessman named Shane Maguire. In a recent filing, Maguire asked the court to grant him sole custody of their nearly 3-year-old son. 

This may seem like an unusual child custody arrangement

Illinois parents are always trying to find ways to make divorce easier and less stressful on their children. As such, some are turning to a more unusual child custody arrangement. Have you heard of bird nesting? It may work in your circumstances, even if only temporarily.

Child custody and the child's best interest

The decision to stay or go can be a difficult one to make. However, once the Illinois parents make the decision that staying in an unhappy relationship is the wrong choice, it is time to take action. In addition to deciding who will retain which assets and liabilities, decisions regarding the children must be made. Child custody concerns are a critical part of the parents' separation or divorce.

Proposed changes to child custody standards

Every other weekend and two to four weeks during the summer seems to be the traditional custody arrangement when Illinois parents divorce. For many families, this arrangement appears to work. However, others believe that a 50/50 shared child custody is better for all involved.

Concerning child custody decisions may weigh heavily on parents

There are many instances in which the biological parents of a child could face complications when it comes to custody. Some cases may be more unusual than others, but because children are involved, most child custody cases have a tendency to be sensitive situations. When the court must rule on custody arrangements, some outcomes may give cause for concern.

Chicago abolishes separate child custody court for single parents

These days, many Illinois couples who make the decision to separate may not be married. Whether married or not, those with children typically have to consider child custody. Until recently, custody cases involving single parents were not held in the same courtrooms as those with divorcing parents. This has since changed, however.