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JOINT CUSTODY MEANS MAKING DECISIONS TOGETHER, NOT BY YOURSELF

Parents shared joint custody of their two daughters.  Father had specific visitation time with the girls.  Mother moved 324 miles away. She had not filed a petition in court. She had not told the father of her intended move. She certainly did not get his consent. She enrolled them in school at their new location.  [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|Parenting Plans, The Best Interests of the Child|0 Comments

CAN’T GET TWO BITES OF THE APPLE

Susan gave birth to a daughter, Hannah, during marriage with James. Two years later, the couple’s marriage was dissolved. They agreed to joint custody of the children born during the course of this marriage, including Hannah. More than a decade later, Susan filed two separate parentage actions in the circuit court. The second  petition asked [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|Parenting Plans, Paternity|0 Comments

THE CHILDREN ARE NOT IN CHARGE OF WHEN VISITATION TAKES PLACE

Father filed a petition for rule to show cause.  He said that Mother had repeatedly and willfully violated the visitation order. Father lived 80 minutes away from Mother and their three sons.  Father alleged that he missed 43 visits with one son. 39 visits missed with a second son. 19 visits missed with the third [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Parenting Plans|0 Comments

IF YOU CAN’T AGREE, YOU ARE RIPE FOR ARBITRATION OR MEDIATION

  In their divorce document, the parties agreed to resolve certain problems with their parenting schedule through arbitration.  Father filed a motion to compel arbitration.  Father had been sending emails to Mother. He complained about how often she took away his time with the children. Mother argued that there was no “clearly defined conflict”. There [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Mediation and Arbitration, Parenting Plans|0 Comments

A CHILD’S BEST INTEREST IS A FLEXIBLE STANDARD

  The parties have joint custody of their seven-year-old child.  Child lives with Mother. She is the residential parent.  Both parents live in Illinois. Mother filed a petition to remove the child permanently to South Carolina. She has a new job there. The trial court denied Mother’s request. The court said that the proposed move [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|Parenting Plans, The Best Interests of the Child|0 Comments

DON’T JUST TAKE OFF WITH THE KID

  Mother relocated the child to Champaign, Illinois. This was after Father started court proceedings in Cook County.  Mother did not give written notice to Father. This is a requirement of the law. She did not petition the court. This is a requirement of the law, if Father objects to the move. The court heard [...]

TO MAKE EVEN A SMALL CHANGE TAKES CAREFUL PLANNING

  The parties divorced. Father’s visitation time included parenting time with the parties' minor child. She was 4 years old at the time.  The parenting time was for every other Tuesday evening and every other Wednesday evening through Friday morning. Six years later, father filed a motion to modify the parenting time to every Wednesday [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Custody, Parenting Plans|0 Comments

MAKE UP VISITATION INCLUDES VISITATION THAT WAS MISSED

  The father wanted the mother responsible for visitation abuse and indirect civil contempt.  He said that mother had caused several alleged missed visitation periods by him.  These periods included regular weekend time, Father’s Day, winter break, and summer vacation time. Mother felt that her behavior was appropriate. Father told the court about his summer [...]