How parents get resolve visitation issues

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Typically, a court will allow noncustodial parents in Illinois to see their children after a divorce. In some cases, a judge will order that visitation happen under the supervision of another person or occur in a public place. In some cases, visitation rights are granted under the condition that a parent seek help for an anger, substance abuse or other type of problem. Ideally, a parent will comply with such an order as quickly as possible. Doing so shows the court that a mother

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Detecting domestic violence

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Many victims of domestic violence in Illinois require treatment at a hospital. When providing medical attention, physicians usually ask about the cause of an injury. Whether it’s out of fear of their abuser or a sense of denial, a victim may lie about the cause. Fortunately, physicians are finding new ways to detect domestic violence. Recently, a group of doctors published a study detailing the radiographic findings in domestic violence. Put more simply, doctors can make more educated guesses as to how a patient

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Why child support payments may be terminated

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, February 22, 2019. Illinois parents with child support obligations could face negative consequences if they fail to make full payments. This is true even if a custodial parent withholds visitation or otherwise interferes with the relationship between the noncustodial parent and child. Generally speaking, the courts see child support and child custody or visitation issues as two separate matters. Therefore, a parent would need to go to court to remedy any visitation issues. Those who are having a hard time keeping up with their current support obligations

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How to appeal a child custody order

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 8, 2019. While every family court judge tries to rule in the best interest of the child in each case, the reality is that mistakes happen. In custody cases in Illinois and across the United States, judges may make a judgment call that isn’t right. Thankfully, parents have the right to appeal most custody orders, but the rules regarding these appeals can vary between one state and another. The first thing to consider is whether the order in the custody case is final. A final order

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Making arrangements for temporary guardianship of a child

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Under certain circumstances, an Illinois parent may need to turn over their children to another adult for a short period of time. This is referred to as temporary guardianship when the other adult isn’t the other parent. A parent raising a child on their own may need to take this action if, for example, they were going to be out of town for an extended period or incapacitated while recovering from surgery. Establishing temporary guardianship allows a child to live with a non-parent adult

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When Parents Share Custody, Who Pays Support?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, January 11, 2019. As Illinois parents know, child support is usually the responsibility of the non-custodial parent. However, while this might be simpler to establish when one parent has custody and the other parent has visitation rights, the question of how child support is paid when parents share custody is more difficult to answer. Joint custody, or shared custody, happens when parents split legal or physical custody of the child equally. This means that parents share the responsibility of the day-to-day raising of their children. So, while

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What to avoid when dividing a home in a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Illinois homeowners who are getting divorced may face several issues during the property division process. If one spouse keeps the home, the other should be removed from the deed. Otherwise, there could be problems later if an amicable divorce turns contentious and the owner wants to sell. Problems could also arise for both exes if the owner goes into foreclosure. Another common error is when one person fights for the home without first making sure it is affordable. While couples could agree to a

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Judges consider living accommodations when deciding child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Sometimes, a parent in Illinois will object to children staying at their other parent’s home due to inadequate living accommodations. A child custody dispute could end up in family court where a judge will examine the situation and decide the issue. Although judges have some leeway when deciding individual cases, they will evaluate a parent’s living accommodations, according to basic guidelines. The gender and age of a child could influence a decision especially if the child is the opposite sex of the parent. A

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When a parent is concerned about the child’s safety

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, November 29, 2018. When parents in Illinois are getting a divorce, one parent could be worried about the child’s safety with the other parent. One father feared that his wife, who drank a lot, would drive with their 7-year-old son in the car. That father was also concerned about the fact that his wife wanted to delay the divorce in order to record herself taking care of the child. She had reportedly blocked him and given him no way to contact her, and he was concerned since

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Reality TV stars in custody battle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, November 16, 2018. Some Illinois fans of the reality TV show “Southern Charm” may have heard that one of its former cast members, Thomas Ravenel, was detained in September on charges of assault and battery. His ex-girlfriend and TV co-star, Kathryn Dennis, responded on Oct. 26 by filing for a modification in their custody and visitation agreement. The two share custody of their children, a 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Ravenel was detained on Sept. 25. Reportedly, his children’s former nanny accused him of sexual assault, and

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Immigration issues spur changes in child custody laws

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, November 2, 2018. Illinois, like many other states across the country, is home to a diverse population of immigrants. As a result, immigration law and deportation are important considerations for families that may face immigration status challenges. Such issues can also lead to disputes regarding child custody in the event that a parent is scheduled for deportation. A new study produced by Generations United has shown an increase in children of immigrants living with aunts, uncles and grandparents. According to the study, one in five children being

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