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One of the many myths about child "custody" proceedings in Illinois is that there is a magical age at which a child gets to choose which parent to live with. This is simply false in Illinois. Although some states may have an age at which a child can inform a judge as to which parent the child wishes to live with, Illinois believes in a more comprehensive approach.
Technically speaking, these two concepts are completely unrelated. It is illegal for a custodial parent to deny or restrict visitation based on an alleged failure to pay child support, as such actions are tantamount to holding the children for ransom. On a practical level, however, it is important to scrutinize the rights and responsibilities of […]
Alternative Dispute Resolution, which nearly always means mediation, is mandatory in many contested divorce cases and is a good idea in most other ones. In discussing the benefits of mediation, many attorneys and practitioners refer to the “three Cs.”
Shared custody and sole custody typically refers to legal custody, which means the parent or parents with the right to make important decisions about the children. These decisions include the right to consent to medical treatment, the determination of religious upbringing, choice of school, and other issues.
The Land of Lincoln is one of only ten percentage-of-income jurisdictions that determine the amount of child support based solely on the amount of the obligor’s income, at least in most cases. The amount due is easy to determine, especially if the obligor is employed in a job that requires a W-9; the major drawback is that this system sometimes leads to unfair results, as it is not uncommon for a lower-income obligor to pay child support to a higher-income obligee.