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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Supervised Visitation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 17, 2020
Supervised parenting time in Illinois

The right to see your children is fundamental to the entire Illinois family law system. That being said, some parents just don’t feel their children are safe when the children are with the other parent. How can we balance the…

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What Are The Different Types Of Child Custody In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2020
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Our culture is full of references to different types of child custody; sole custody, joint custody. legal custody, physical custody among others.  In Illinois is child custody really something that you can fit into a box and label so cleanly?…

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How To Get 50/50 Joint Custody in An Illinois Divorce or Parentage Action

By Russell Knight | May 5, 2020
Illinois joint custody

In an Illinois divorce, you can lose a lot.  You can lose your assets and you can lose time with your kids.  In the end, you can make more money but you can’t get back time with your kids. For…

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Right of First Refusal In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 4, 2020
Inform parent of absence

The right to have custody of your children, to visit your children or spend time with your children is a parent’s right and no one else’s. This concept is the cornerstone for allocating parenting time in Illinois. Ideally, if you’re…

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What Is A Parenting Coordinator In A Chicago Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 17, 2019
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parenting coordinator chicago divorce

A divorcing couple is inherently in a state of disagreement.  When the parties have children, the disputes between the couple can bleed into the temporary parenting arrangement.  Sometimes the dispute is so severe that the parents cannot even communicate in…

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Parenting Alone in Chicago Number 18: Little Adventures Cafe

By Russell Knight | January 20, 2019

This is the 18th edition of “Parenting Alone in Chicago.” A series of articles I publish that help provide ideas and details for single parents when they exercise their parenting time after a divorce or separation. Sometimes, when looking for…

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

By Russell Knight | December 25, 2018
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Christmas and Divorce

The holidays are a hectic time.  Divorce with a child only makes the holidays more hectic.  How do the holidays work during and after a Chicago, Illinois divorce?  The Parenting Plan When two parents are no longer living together, they…

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 13: Millenium Park

By Russell Knight | November 30, 2018
Parenting Alone in Chicago

This is number 13 in my series of things to do with kids if and when you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a…

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Parenting Time And The Alcoholic Parent

By Russell Knight | October 31, 2018
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Visitation and Drug Addicts

Alcoholic parents make divorce and parenting time extremely challenging. 30% of American adults don’t drink at all.  Another 30% have less than one drink a week.  The top 10% of drinking Americans drink an average of 73.85 drinks a week.…

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