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The Danger of Parental Alienation

By Nottage and Ward on September 30, 2020

Parental alienation is not uncommon after a divorce or separation. In fact, you may have seen it depicted in countless TV shows and movies. Sadly, this form of toxic parenting can destroy a relationship between child and parent, as well as leave the child in a damaged state of mind for potentially their entire life. If you are worried that your former spouse is trying to alienate you from your child, then you need to take action.

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Why Illinois Switched to “Parenting Time”

By Nottage and Ward on January 26, 2018

Nikki, a woman in her 30s, had been dating her boyfriend, Michael, for a little over a year when they found out that Nikki was pregnant. The two determined that they would not get married, but both wanted to have the child. Healthy little Zoe was born nine months later to the happy parents and grandparents of the baby girl.

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The Holidays and Child Allocation: Who Gets Parenting Time?

By Nottage and Ward on December 7, 2017

The holidays are for families to enjoy together, but if you and you partner have divorced and you do not have sole allocation, then parenting time may have been allotted by the court.

If you live in Illinois and have joint allocation of parenting time, you will both have information about your parenting time schedule in your Allocation Judgment of Parental Responsibilities. This document will include the following details:

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Grandparents and Visitation – Rights or Privileges?

By Leslie Fineberg on November 17, 2014

This is a frequent question that many families bring to our attention when going through, or shortly after, a divorce. What rights do grandparents have in regards to visitation? Are parents under any obligation to schedule out time for either set of grandparents to see their grandchildren? Unfortunately, the short answer is no – but there are plenty of caveats, with Illinois state code taking much into consideration. In the end, it comes down to the various ways in which the situation is being handled by the parent, as well as the mitigating and aggravating factors involved.

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Illinois Visitation Rights — Modification of a Parenting Order

By Leslie Fineberg on May 17, 2013

After a divorce, one parent is typically designated as the primary residential parent of the children, for purposes such as school district selection and mailing address.  This is the parent with whom the children spend the majority of their time. That parent is from that time forward referred to as the “custodial parent.”  “Visitation” rights, or the right to spend parenting time with the children, are then granted to the “noncustodial” parent, unless there are reasons for denying or supervising parenting time.

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