Category: Child Custody

Belleville Family Law Blog

When you find yourself in the middle of a custody dispute, it can be hard to figure out where to start addressing your case. After all, you might feel like you’re being personally attacked by the other parent, and you might struggle to find ways...

Residents of St. Clair County often wonder if a court order entered during the divorce, say setting a level of child support, can be modified after the final judgment has been signed by the judge and entered by the clerk. The answer is usually “yes,”...

Illinois law no longer officially uses the term “child custody.” Instead, it recognizes two concepts: “parenting time” and “parental responsibilities.” These two aspects of parenting are separate, but they interact with each other. In this blog post, we’ll give a brief introduction to the terms...

Although a child custody arrangement might seem like it’s going okay, you can suddenly and unexpectedly be hit with a modification request, filed by your child’s other parent. This motion can feel like a punch to the gut, threatening to reduce or even eliminate the...

Divorce can affect children the most, which is why courts always prioritize their best interests when making decisions regarding child custody. Illinois has done away with the term custody. Instead, the state uses the term “parental responsibilities” to cover a broad range of child-custody matters,...

In Illinois, you can only seek custody modification two years after the court has issued the original order. This rule is meant to allow time to see if the custody arrangement works well for your situation. Additionally, it prevents unnecessary and repetitive modification requests. However,...

Sharing custody of your child can be stressful, especially when you don’t have strong communication with the other parent. You might worry about what goes on at the other parent’s house, and how that home environment affects your child’s safety and well-being. Domestic violence, abuse...

To maintain the parent-child relationship, many separating parents create a parenting plan. This plan specifies each parent’s responsibilities and schedules with the child. One common schedule is where the nonprimary parent visits the child during weekends. This kind of schedule is especially viable if both...

Maybe you and your co-parent are doing a “trial separation” to spend some time apart before you decide whether to divorce. Maybe you’re going through the divorce process, but it’s taking some time, which is not uncommon. Either way, if you’re living apart and sharing...

Ideally, you and your co-parent will have managed to negotiate a custody arrangement which was then signed off on by the courts. If not, then the court will have stepped in and drafted a custody order based on the best interests of the child. In...

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