There is no such thing as child-custody. If you are divorcing with children or have a parenting related legal proceeding the important things to consider are parenting time and the decision-making power over your child’s life.
When I saw Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED speech, The danger of a single story, it brought back memories of a divorce case here in Chicago that I dealt with last year. Maybe if the people involved in the case had seen this video, they would have been more aware of the need to keep their
I just discovered this social media aggregator called Tint. It basically gathers feeds and posts them together in a pretty way. So for example, it can mix-up all the feeds from your twitter, Facebook, and linked-in accounts into one single feed. You can then post this feed online to make it easier on your friends to keep up with your latest developments.
I was just roaming the internet trying to figure out how to embed an rss feed into my website (I wanted to embed the RSS feed from missing kids into my website) and I ran into this website called tint.com. I’m not entirely sure what it does, but it is some kind of website aggregator
I just came across this video of a therapy game for children of divorce. I’m not sure what to think. I got really stressed out just by watching the video. It is certainly good to acquaint divorce lawyers with confusion and pain that some children of divorce feel. However, is this appropriate for children? Wouldn’t it make a child going through a difficult custody battle feel even worse?
Joint legal custody is only awarded to parents who can communicate well with each other. An amicable divorce is considered a basic element of this. A judge will be reluctant to award joint legal custody to a couple who is not able to come to an agreement on their own. Thus, you should try to resolve this issue before trial.
Generally, Illinois family law judges do not award parents joint residential (physical) custody. It is assumed that children benefit from the stability of living in only one place.
In the old days, it was much more common for parents to be awarded joint residential custody. This was often overwhelming for the child. Every week (or six months) the children would have to pack up and move to the other parent’s home. The children would miss their old friends, schools and the lifestyle to which they to which they had become accustomed.
PART 1 OF 3
Is divorce the problem?
As a divorce lawyer, I often worry about the effect the divorce will have on the children of the marriage. Obviously many parents worry too. These parents cite statistics showing that children of divorce are more likely to commit crimes, get pregnant young and become underachievers.
Divorce lawyers often have to explain child custody because many parents in Chicago say they want custody without knowing exactly what it is. For simplicity’s sake, child custody can be separated into four categories:
A fellow blogger has had 5 parental kidnapping cases this past year alone (!). She blogs on a new GPS tracking “wristwatch” that you can put on your child if you fear kidnapping. This wristwatch has an alarm that goes off if anybody tries to remove it.
PARENTAL ALIENATION PART 1 OF 3
There is a lot of controversy about Parental Alienation Syndrome. This is when one parent tries to turn the children against another parent. Some experts claim PAS does not exist. Others claim it is a mental illness.