A bill has been sent to Illinois Governor Rauner which if he signs, will create major changes in current Illinois Divorce Law! Besides changing the grounds for divorce and doing away with certain types of related lawsuits, this bill makes major changes in child custody 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.
Individuals who are going through a divorce or who are recently divorced are dealing with many life changes. In addition to the possible changes to one's child custody, financial and social situations; dealing with the loss of a marriage and one's new single status can also be a difficult adjustment.
As Chicago-area residents welcome 2015, many have likely resolved to make positive changes in their lives this year. While the traditional New Year's resolutions associated with losing weight and exercising are likely on the minds of many, a recent study indicates that for a significant percentage of married parents, divorce may also be top-of-mind.
For many Chicago area residents, the holiday season is a time to reflect upon past holidays and also envision possible future holidays. For individuals who are separated, recently divorced or going through the divorce process; this time of year may stir up many strong and conflicting emotions.
Families across Illinois and the Chicagoland area are busy preparing to gather with friends and family to give thanks, enjoy a homemade meal and take part in the annual rituals that accompany Thanksgiving Day. For individuals who have recently divorced, this Thanksgiving holiday will likely be very different from those of the past. While the absence of a spouse may bring sadness, for divorced parents it's often the absence of a shared child that is the most difficult change with which to cope.
Many Chicago area residents have likely seen at least one movie starring actress Halle Berry. According to IMDB, the Oscar-winning Berry has appeared or starred in nearly 50 television episodes and movies, including the 2001 drama Monster's Ball for which Berry became the first African American woman to win in the leading actress category.
When it comes to child custody matters, many factors must be weighed, considered and decided. In previous decades, when a couple split up or divorced, mothers were often granted primary physical custody of a child. However, today this isn't necessarily true.