Illinois readers may be interested in the story of woman from a nearby state. The woman fled her home state with her child in tow, which violated her child custody agreement.
Birth should be a time of joy, but for some women it is not so simple. For these women, childbirth also can mean a child custody battle with the person who allegedly raped them. Some Illinois lawmakers recently proposed a measure that would help these women.
Illinois parents know that child custody arrangements are often difficult matters for everyone involved. When one parent decides to relocate, custody arrangements can get even more complicated.
Divorce can be tough on kids. It can also be tough on the parents, especially when a parent does not receive as much time with the child as they would like. As one father recently found out, however, taking possession of a child in violation of a valid child custody agreement is illegal and counterproductive.
According to a report from the National Council on Disability, a federal agency, disabled parents all over the country are having difficulty exercising their right to raise their own children. For example, a mother in Chicago had to fight for 18 months to retain custody of her son because she was quadriplegic. One couple had their infant daughter taken away by the state two days after birth, not because they had done anything to demonstrate they should lose child custody, but because they were both blind.
Those going through separation or divorce in Illinois know that it can be an emotional and trying ordeal. Acting out of frustration, however, can make things even more difficult. Two estranged reality TV stars are finding this out during their own divorce proceedings after the wife accused her husband of choking one of their children.
Recently, a panel has been put together to discuss uniform family law rules for military service members. Specifically, this panel, which is made up of representatives from every state including Illinois, is trying to come up with a uniform set of child custody laws.
Many children rely on child support payments to meet their basic financial needs. Without these payments, their parents could often not provide basic necessities, including medical care and shelter, for the children. Therefore, Illinois family law courts take the collection of child support very seriously.
When the parents of a child are no longer together, special considerations must be made. In these circumstances, decisions about child custody and child visitation are important. There are two main types of child custody in Illinois -- legal custody and physical custody.
Illinois residents understand that conflicts involving family law matters can be very hard to deal with. Specifically, they can bring ample stress and financial discomfort. One way to approach these difficult disputes is through the process of mediation. In this process, a qualified family law attorney can help you work through your various issues in front of a neutral and the opposing party. If participants can work together to resolve their issues out of court, it can save a lot of stress and time.