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A child's mental health could affect child custody proceedings

Addressing one's mental health is becoming a priority for more and more people in Illinois and around the world. In the past, mental health issues were misunderstood or often ignored, and today, more people of all ages are getting the help they need to address those issues. However, mental health concerns can be a sticking point during child custody proceedings.

The size, location of a parent's home could affect child custody

Getting divorced is a difficult process, especially when there are children involved. Illinois parents want to do what is best for their kids, and they certainly want to reach the best child custody arrangements possible. However, if a parent is seeking sole custody or even joint custody, it is important to understand how that parent's living arrangements could affect the court's decision.

Child custody: Visitation in Illinois

When a couple chooses to end their marriage, they are often left with a variety of issues to sort through. If there are children involved, one of the biggest issues they face is determining child custody and visitation. Unfortunately, many people in Illinois may not fully understand the options available to them.

Federal court will hear case on Native American child custody law

Some families in Illinois and across the country are willing to open up their homes to children whose parents are not able to care for them. Many of these families are willing to make these children a permanent addition to their families but are sometimes thwarted in their desire to seek child custody if the children are Native American. The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 works to ensure that such children are adopted by members of their own culture when possible.

Coping with child custody issues when school starts

When many people in Illinois think of divorced couples who must coparent together, they automatically think of a situation that is filled with contention and anger. However, many parents are able to put aside their personal animosities and work together to support their children. Often, there are certain measures that parents can take to help ease child custody related issues, especially those that arise when children go back to school.

Judge awards father equal parenting time in child custody case

Parents in Illinois and across the country only want what is best for their children. Unfortunately, couples who are no longer in a romantic relationship are often unable to come to an agreement, prompting them to ask the court to intervene. Recent news reports indicate that a father in another state was recently awarded equal parenting time in a child custody case that reportedly lasted three years and garnered media attention.

Church attendance questioned in parenting plan dispute

For many people in Illinois and across the country, religion is a deeply personal and important issue. For some, their life centers around their devotion to their spirituality. Unfortunately, parents who have different ideas regarding religion may struggle to agree on how their children should interact with their faith. In fact, church attendance was recently at the center of a parenting plan dispute that occurred in another state; the state's Supreme Court was ultimately required to weigh in on the issue.

Child custody: Mother allegedly said $1 million will help her

Rap music fans in Illinois and throughout the country mourned the death of super star Nipsey Hussle when he was shot outside a clothing store he owned. The rapper/philanthropist was the father of two children, one of whom is the central focus of a contentious child custody battle. The court will soon decide whether the child should be placed under legal guardianship of her paternal aunt or be placed in the custody of her mother.

Enforcing or modifying an Illinois child custody or support order

Parents in Illinois often struggle with differing parenting philosophies when they are still in a romantic relationship. If that relationship ends, it is often even more difficult to agree on what is in the best interests of the children. As such, the courts often have to step in and make a child custody or support decision.

Child custody ruling overruled after judge accepts friend request

Parents in Illinois often struggle to decide what is best for their children. This an be especially true for parents who are no longer in a romantic relationship. If their struggles result in a case heard before a court, both parents should be able to expect that their child custody case will be heard by an impartial judge. An appeals court in another state has recently ruled on the side of a father who claims a judge's social media friendship meant that he received an impartial hearing.

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