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Custody

Joint Custody Explained

So often clients insist that they want Joint Custody but what does that mean?Most Divorce Judgments with minor children have Joint Decision Making but there are exceptions. What if you are a nurse or doctor? You might want to have the final say in medical...

Christmas and Custody

Are you in a contentious Divorce or Custody battle and dreading Christmas? Are you and your soon to be ex already fighting over who the children will spend time with over Christmas?If there is one thing judges hate are last minute "emergency motions" in Custody Cases...

Drug Abuse and Custody of Very Small Chldren

It has fallen to the Courts and Child Protective Agencies such as the Illinois Department of Family Services to attempt to protect the minor children which is extremely critical especially when they are very young. I have written before about custody and how to detect...

Child Custody and Substance Abuse

Today I will explore the many forms of substance abuse and how it can affect a Custody Battle.First Question. Is your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend a substance abuser or addict?Substance Abuse is most commonly associated with alcohol or drugs. I am now encountering...

When can you get custody changed?

Do you currently have joint custody? Are you considering asking a court to award you "sole custody"?You might currently have shared decision making and sometimes a split parenting schedule. But what if the children are having significant problems and the shared...

When can you get custody changed?

Do you currently have joint custody? Are you considering asking a court to award you "sole custody"?You might currently have shared decision making and sometimes a split parenting schedule. But what if the children are having significant problems and the shared...

Custody and Bashing Your Ex After Divorce

Do you really hate your ex? Do you share custody or even have what we once called sole custody?Bashing your ex to your children after divorce is never a good idea. It has a really negative impact on the kids and if you take your anger to a higher level it could...

Joint Custody in Illinois

As of January 1, 2016, Illinois became one of only a handful of states no longer using the word "custody" but joint custody is alive and well in our state. Even in the most contentious of divorces, most divorcing parents agree to share "custody" or what we now...