• What is a Restriction of Parental Responsibilities?

    If you are getting divorced and have minor children from your marriage, you may know that the court no longer awards child custody to the parents, but instead allocates parental responsibilities. The term parental responsibilities includes both important decision-making responsibilities (what many Chicago residents knew previously as “legal custody”) and parenting time (what we used to call “physical custody” and “visitation”). Generally speaking, courts want to allow both parents to play an important role in the life of their child,[...]

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  • Am I Allowed to Move With My Child After My Divorce is Finalized?

    Many people who get divorced in Cook County want to get a fresh start once their divorce is finalized. For anyone who has recently gotten divorced and did not have minor children from the marriage, there is no reason to avoid looking for jobs in a new place and moving into a new home or apartment in a new city or even in a new state. However, the prospect of moving and getting a fresh start after a divorce becomes[...]

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  • Renewed Efforts in Illinois Toward Equal Parenting Time

    Under Part VI of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), courts presume that parents in Chicago who get divorced should both play a role in their child’s life unless there is a clear reason that one of the parents should be excluded. For example, in cases in which one parent has been convicted of a violent crime or has been tied to acts of family violence or child abuse, the court might determine that it is not[...]

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  • Divorce Could Make People Happier Than Marriage

    Now that the holiday season is over and more people are filing for divorce, it is a good time to consider the benefits of both marriage and divorce in Chicago. While common knowledge often suggests that married people are happier than those who are divorced, a recent article in Psychology Today suggests that, on the whole, that notion simply might not be true in practice. Indeed, as the article intimates, we as a society are so accustomed to marriage and[...]

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  • Relocation Mid-School Year After a Divorce

    If you are thinking about filing for divorce at the start of the New Year, if you plan to separate from your spouse, or if you have recently accepted a new job, you have likely been thinking about the potential impact that moving will have on your child. When you are divorced, moving mid-year with a teenager can present significant challenges. Those challenges can be legal ones—concerning Illinois law on relocation—as well as psychological or emotional challenges associated with a[...]

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