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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.

What are the concerns about relocating and child custody?

Parents hold a lot of responsibility for ensuring their children get to spend time with each of them after a divorce in Illinois. The court's work hard to ensure both of you are in your children's lives and that visitation is not something difficult for anyone. However, custody and parenting time can be compromised if you or the child's other parent decides to move and it is deemed a relocation.

Do fathers have rights to prevent an adoption?

In some cases, you do have the right to stop an adoption of your child in Illinois. You must first claim paternity of the child. This is often done when the mother voluntarily puts your name as the father on the birth certificate, but if that does not happen, it is up to you to claim your parental rights. The state has set up the Putative Father Registry, which according to Illinois.gov, is a database where you can make a claim of paternity and gain some rights.

When children refuse to visit their non-custodial parent

Family dynamics are always difficult, but they can become even more so when a divorce occurs. Many children in this situation feel torn between their parents. Some children blame one parent for the situation. Emotions can run high. When this happens, children may refuse to visit their non-custodial parent. This leaves the custodial parent in a sticky situation.

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.