Child Allocation - Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog
When One of a Child’s Separated Parents Dies
Divorce can significantly impact children’s emotional health. Thankfully, when divorced parents share custody of their kids with each other, the children will have two loving parents, making their existence more straightforward. However, if one of the separated parents dies, you might not know what happens with custody of the child. While no parent wants to think about this, it is best to know should the unfortunate situation ever arise. Here is what the Chicago law says about child custody after the death of one of the parents and how an attorney can help you.
Divorce and Child Custody When It Comes to Religion
When parents of minor children divorce, most matters concerning the children are spelled out in the divorce decree and parenting agreement. Child support, physical and legal allocation (custody), and visitation are all addressed in documents issued by the court. However, one issue the courts typically do not decide is the child’s religion.
Parental Disputes Over the COVID-19 Vaccine in IL
With the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages five and older, in addition to 12 to 17-year-olds. Disputes among divorced parents and co-parents are on the rise as to whether to have children vaccinated. Some parents are strongly opposed to having their children vaccinated, while others are all for it. Many parents feel there are too many unknowns about the COVID-19 vaccines and want to wait until there is more data about their safety and effectiveness to have their children vaccinated. Other parents feel not having the vaccine puts their children at risk of contracting the virus.
How an Evidentiary Hearing Affects Allocation
Spending time with your children after a divorce can be a difficult process. You may still be in the midst of determining allocation or looking to change your parenting plan, but in either case, you will need to go before a Chicago judge to get a final order. Final orders are only issued after family law courts evaluate every aspect of an allocation case and often require an evidentiary hearing. While this proceeding may sound scary, a skilled family law attorney can you prepare for one and present your case so that you can maintain your relationship with your children.
The Dangers of Child Abduction After a Divorce
One of the most terrifying situations a parent can go through is having their child taken away. Divorces can be messy, emotional affairs, but there are proper, legal channels to settle child allocation disputes. There is no excuse for denying one parent their allotted time with their child or threatening to relocate the child. In the state of Illinois, this can constitute a case of child abduction or parental kidnapping.
What You Need in Your Parenting Plan
When determining allocation, one useful tool that many Illinois judges use is the parenting plan. This plan allows the judge to see what each parent feels is best for the child, and make an informed decision based off of that. Developing this plan is an incredibly important step for any parent who wants to make their needs and opinions known to the judge. Without a parenting plan, your say in the parental allocation may be completely overlooked.
Who Is Allowed to Have Parental Responsibilities for a Child?
Determining who should be given parental responsibilities for a child, sometimes known as custody, can be a contentious topic.
Parental responsibilities may be determined by both parties in divorce court, and they may also be brought up if a parent seems to be failing in his duties to his child. No parent wants to lose their right to take care of their child, but when the matter of parental responsibility is called into question, it is the judge who gets the final say.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and COVID-19
As COVID-19 spreads more and more, we have all naturally become concerned for our family and loved ones. This hold especially true for parents, who must now contend with having to work for financially support their children, while also having to do their best to provide adequate homeschooling while both public and private schools are closed.
The Stay At Home orders can make the allocation of parental responsibilities difficult and confusing to navigate for separated parents to navigate. What does your parenting time schedule look like now? What if your child’s other parent lives somewhere that is unsafe due to COVID-19? How do school closings impact parenting schedules?
How Alienation Can Poison Parenting Time
In most divorces, there is one thing the couples have in common: pain. The divorcing couple has built a life together, and at one point, they loved each other. And now, as time has passed, that love has deteriorated into hard feelings or absence of feelings altogether. Often, the only thing holding the couple together is the child they share.
Summer Meant Dill
This fictional story explores a common situation that many Illinois parents face. We encourage anyone with questions to contact a Chicago child allocation attorney.
Recently, we had another one of those Chicago weekends where it felt like summer would never quite arrive and chilly rainfall delayed the celebration for kids all over town, who couldn’t wait to tear off on a bike ride or go swimming with friends. This affected me personally as I saw my 8-year-old daughter—Erin—watch a puddle building in the yard just outside our living room window, her gloom accompanied by the thudding drip of the rain. Let me tell you, it was a sad sight.
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