Who Is The Primary Residential Parent In An Illinois Divorce or Custody Case?

By Russell Knight | June 21, 2020
Primary Residential Parent In Illinois

Parents are parents.  Moms are moms and dads are dads.  But when people get divorced or separated, some parents try to become the better parent, parent # 1, super parent, or something like that.  In reality, there is no official…

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Abandonment And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2020
Divorce and Abandonment In Illinois

People don’t always announce, “I want a divorce!” Sometimes, they just leave…and you never hear from them again.  The other spouse’s life must go on and get in order so they will need a divorce from the spouse who abandoned…

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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
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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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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Court Ordered Parenting Class In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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Parenting Class In Illinois Divorce

Divorce and/or a custody battle is stressful enough.  Illinois family law and family courts think you should be assigned some homework in the middle of it all…parenting classes. In Illinois, you can’t finalize your divorce or your custody litigation until…

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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2020
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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Travel Outside Of The Country With Your Children After A Divorce Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 12, 2018
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Taking your children outside of the country after a Chicago, Illinois divorce is a big step.  When you travel abroad with your children, you are taking your children outside of the jurisdiction of the court that entered your divorce decree,…

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

By Russell Knight | December 26, 2017
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What Is Sole Custody? 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,…

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