Travel Outside Of The Country With Your Children After A Chicago, Illinois Divorce

In Illinois, throughout the divorce or parentage process the parties are required to exchange and submit parenting plans.  A parenting plan is “a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities, parenting time, or both.” 750 ILCS 5/600(f) The parties come to an agreement on the parenting plan or the court orders a parenting plan that…

In Chicago, Illinois, Can I Make An Out Of Court Deal With My Ex?

In Chicago, Illinois, the general rule is that courts have the exclusive authority to modify child support and are not bound by the parties’ agreements concerning child support. Blisset v. Blisset, 123 Ill. 2d 161, 167 (1988). In Blisset, Illinois’ supreme court held an out of court agreement to waive child support in exchange for…

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What Are A Grandparent’s Visitation Rights in Chicago, Illinois?

For years Illinois had a “grandparents’ rights” statute in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act.  Then in 2002, Wickham vs. Byrne, 769 N.E.2d 1 (2002) was decided in the Illinois Supreme Court holding that the grandparents’ rights portion of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act was unconstitutional. Then in 2016, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution…

I have sole custody. We live in Chicago. Can I move the children wherever I want?

In Illinois, sole allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as “sole custody”) allows a parent to be solely responsible for making decisions for a minor child. Statutorily, these decisions are broken down into four different areas, namely: Education, Religion, Medical, and Extra Curricular Activities. Generally, the parent who is allocated sole responsibility over these areas…