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Archives for April 2016

Illinois updates child custody laws

Illinois enacted changes to its child custody and visitation laws which went into effect in 2016. These changes were done to adapt the laws to needs of the modern American family. … [Read more...]

How a 604(b) Custody Evaluation Works in Illinois

Judges in Illinois will sometimes order a 604.10(b) evaluation when they feel a mental health professional's evaluation of what is in the best interest of the child or children is needed. The evaluation goes beyond what is often done by a Guardian Ad Litem. The 604.10(b) evaluator will interview both parents and any children involved in the custody dispute. They may also conduct psychological … [Read more...]

Creating a Parenting Plan in Illinois

On January 1st, 2016, a variety of new laws pertaining to "child custody and visitation" became effective in the state of Illinois, and with them came an array of new terminology. Child custody became known as the "allocation of parental responsibilities," visitation transformed to the term "parenting time," and the term "parenting plan" effectively replaced "custody agreements," "parenting … [Read more...]