Corporal Punishment in Illinois

The issue of child discipline has been a hotly debated topic for centuries and varies in response depending on the person’s cultural background. In most cultures, spanking is an acceptable and encouraged form of discipline. The point of contention has been, however, the form and extent of the spanking. Pursuant to Illinois law, it is

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What if one parent does not agree to the other parent moving with the child?

Pursuant to Section 609.2 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/609.2), a parent who has been allocated the majority of parenting time may seek to relocate with the child. In the event that parenting time has been allocated equally between the parents, either parent may seek to relocate with the

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Suspect Your Child is Being Abused By the Other Parent?

One of the hardest things as a divorced/separated parent is knowing or suspecting that your child is being abused while visiting the other parent.  The frustration is exacerbated if there is a court order for visitation, subjecting the parent seeking to withhold visitation to sanctions for violating the parenting agreement.  To protect children who are

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What is a contribution hearing?

Typically, unless a divorce is agreed to, both parties are going to incur attorney’s fees and court costs throughout the dissolution proceedings. Section 503 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/503) provides that a party may generally file a Petition for Contribution said fees and costs against the other party

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A Practical Approach to Holiday Parenting Time

Now that Halloween is over, it seems that everyone is looking forward towards the holidays. For those who do not yet have a holiday parenting time schedule in place, this can be worrisome. However, there are some common-sense ways to deal with establishing a holiday parenting time schedule. First, make a list of the holidays

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One Solution to Cash Flow Issues with Guidelines Support Orders

Ever since the enactment of maintenance guidelines as of January 1, 2015, maintenance is now determined by a formula based on both parties’ net incomes. The result has often been harsh for some parties if it is combined with guidelines child support, resulting in an award that is more than 50% of a party’s net

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Living Arrangements During Pre-Decree Divorce Proceedings  

It is common for parties to live apart throughout the divorce process. Sometimes a spouse may move in with a friend or family member. Maybe the parties can afford the rent for an apartment on top of their monthly mortgage for the marital residence. Perhaps the parties own more than one residence, to begin with.

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