I would say that at least 1 and 4 child custody cases I enounter involve alcohol or some other substance abuse. These cases are difficult but they are especially challenging when children are involved. The right to parent is a constitutional right but the children's best interests must be considered and their wellbeing must be protected.
More and more fathers are demanding equal time with their children or "split custody". When they talk child custody, they want half the time with their kids. In the State of Florida, a bill was recently introduced which would have required a 50/50 split.
I believe that most parents genuinely want what is best for their children. Nine times out of ten that is the reason many believe they have to engage in a custody battle.
What happens when you discover your spouse is leading a secret life? How can that affect Child Custody?
The Illinois legislature has sent Governor Rauner a bill that will make massive changes in our current child custody law and other aspects of Illinois Divorce Law.
Often times my clients fear the effect their dispute over child custody has on their children. As an attorney, I know the importance of understanding and dealing with everyone's emotions in a child custody dispute. I know my clients want to know if there is some way to minimize the stress on the kids.
Every parent worries and ultimately wants what's best for his or her child. For parents who choose to divorce, concerns related to a child's emotional, mental and even physical wellbeing are often magnified. For parents who are separated, going through a divorce or divorced; it's important to understand how even seemingly small changes can have a big impact on a child's life.
Whether parents are going through a divorce or were never married, it's important to take steps to legally decide and define terms related to child custody. There's nothing more important that a child's wellbeing and having a legally enforceable child custody and visitation agreement helps a child feel more secure in knowing when he or she will see or be with each parent and also helps ensure that both parents abide by previously agreed-upon terms.