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How Long Can You Leave a Child Unattended In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 25, 2020
Can I leave my child alone in Illinois?

In today’s society, children are not left alone.  Kids just aren’t trusted to be on their own. The concern is rarely the children themselves but outside threats, perceived or real. Still, it is impractical to think that a parent will…

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DCFS Investigations And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 22, 2020
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DCFS and divorce in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is a non-law enforcement agency with investigative powers.  Specifically, DCFS, is required to investigate any reports of child abuse or neglect in the state of Illinois. In the early days of…

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In Illinois, How Do I Enforce or Modify Divorce And Custody Orders From Another State?

By Russell Knight | July 12, 2020
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Moving a divorce case to Illinois

Every divorce or custody order typically includes a line saying “pursuant to this state’s laws.”  People don’t live in one state forever. What happens when a party to a divorce or custody action moves and they need to enforce the…

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What Is The Best Interest Of The Child In An Illinois Custody Case?

By Russell Knight | June 4, 2020
child's best interests

Illinois divorce and family judges decide almost everything related to the children in a divorce or parentage matter based on what is in the children’s best interests.  What exactly does “Best Interest Of The Child” mean in an Illinois divorce…

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Sole Custody in an Illinois Divorce or Parentage Action

By Russell Knight | June 2, 2020
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Illinois Sole Custody

There are lots of kinds of custody in Illinois.  Sole custody implies that the child or children spend all of their time with one parent and the other parent has no say in how the child or children are raised. …

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Daycare and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 27, 2020
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Child care expenses in Illinois custody cases

Before a child is in kindergarten, they love you completely no matter what you’ve done. The child will barely even know you’re divorced or separated from the other parent.  It’s a very special time to be a parent but most…

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Sibling Visitation Rights in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 26, 2020
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Siblings and divorce in Illinois

A family is not just a mom, a dad and a kid.  There are usually other kids. A child’s relationship to his or her siblings is a close bond that’s worth preserving. But, sometimes those siblings don’t live with mom…

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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2020
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kidnapping your own child in Illinois

A custody dispute can be scary.  One parent is literally trying to keep the child away from the other parent.  There is a whole system for deciding which parent will have the child at what time but what happens when…

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Secondhand Smoke And Child Custody In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 14, 2020
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Smoking and Divorce in Illinois

Smoking cigarettes is less and less common today…but 15% of Illinois’ population still smokes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and other forms of tobacco. No one wants their kids to smoke cigarettes or even be exposed to secondhand smoke but people who…

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Mental Illness And Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 2, 2020
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Mental Health And Divorce?

The family law and divorce system in Illinois was written and promulgated imagining reasonable, rational parties unwinding their lives in a logical manner. We all get emotional during a break up and the family law system is set up to…

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