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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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My work schedule doesn’t allow me to have regular, specific time off. How will I see my children in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 27, 2017
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This situation is extremely common for Chicago’s firemen, police, and hospital workers.  Typically, some kind of letter is required from your employer outlining the conditions of your employment including the scheduling arrangement.  If your schedule is truly in constant flux,…

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I want to move with my child out of Chicago, Illinois? Can I?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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If you’re engaged to someone out of town or you’ve got a better job offer in another state, you may want to move out of Chicago, Illinois with your child…whether the other parent likes it or not. Before 2016, the…

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How do I change my child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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Maybe your child has your last name and now you want to give your child the father’s (biological or not) last name.  You are going to need to know how to change a child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois. When…

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In Chicago, Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2017
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A child’s schedule and yours will change dramatically as the child grows older and your life condition changes.  You will need to know how you can change your parenting time or visitation in Chicago, Illinois. If there is no previous…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all…

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