Christmas and Divorce

How Are The Holidays Handled During And After A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

The Parenting Plan When two parents are no longer living together, they must come to an arrangement regarding the time each parent will spend with the children.  Hopefully, the parents can come to an agreement without the help of lawyers or the courts.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  In any case before a…

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…

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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…

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Practical Advice Concerning Telephone Contact With Your Children

In Illinois, the only law regarding telephone or electronic contact with children is the requirement that “provisions for communications, including electronic communications, with the child during the other parent’s parenting time,” 750 ILCS 602.10(e)(11), be included in the Parenting plan. There is, however, a longstanding tradition that whichever parent is not with the children that day…