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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois parenting time and responsibilities lawyer,Divorce is difficult for everyone in the family, but it can be especially difficult for fathers who are going through a divorce. Even though it is 2019 and most people agree with the fact that a child does his or her best when both parents are involved in their life, fathers are often given the short end of the stick when it comes to divorce. Mothers are still seen as the primary caregiver and are often still given preference when making determinations about parenting time and decision-making rights. Though it may seem that there are numerous societal and cultural factors that are working against fathers, having help from a divorce lawyer who focuses on father’s rights can be beneficial. Here are four things you can do to be a good dad after your divorce:

Fight for Your Right to Parenting Time

Unfortunately, the court systems tend to favor the mothers over the fathers when it comes to parenting time. This can spell difficulty for fathers who want to play an active part in their child’s life, so it is important that you are tenacious about fighting for parenting time. When you attend parenting time hearings, make sure you are attentive, you listen to the judge and you show the judge that you care about your children.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,If you are a divorced parent, you probably know how difficult celebrations and get-togethers can be, especially when they involve family or your children. Halloween is a very child-oriented holiday and can be stressful for some parents if they do not know how to handle it. With trick-or-treating, Halloween parties and choosing a costume, there are many things that you must discuss with your ex-spouse, whether you like it or not. Like many things in life, communication is key when having a happy Halloween. Here are four tips to help your child have a good spooky season.

Communicate, Plan and Prepare

It has already been said, but it needs to be said again - communication is key. You should probably have had these discussions a few weeks ago, but if you have not, you need to have them as soon as possible. Talk with your ex and figure out a game plan as far as school Halloween events, such as parties or parades. You should also discuss how you both will spend Halloween with your child and who will be doing what.

Share the Night With Your Ex

If you and your ex can manage it, you should share the night with your child. That can mean that you both take your child trick-or-treating at the same time, or that can mean that one of you takes your child trick-or-treating first and then the other one takes your child trick-or-treating after. Double the trick-or-treating means double the candy - and your child probably will not complain.

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divorceAs summer comes to a close, children are returning back to school, some of which are excited to begin learning new things, while others are depressed that summer vacation is over. While some children are anxious to begin the new school year, some parents are as well. New school years can bring about issues for some divorced parents, such as purchasing school supplies, managing permission forms, communicating with teachers, and parent-teacher conferences. Back-to-school time can be daunting for divorced parents, which is why it can be beneficial to keep these tips in mind when dealing with issues that may arise throughout the school year:

Split the Cost of School Supplies

With the start of a new school year comes the need for new school supplies. With a long list of pencils, crayons, paper, folders and scissors that the teacher sends home, plus new school clothes, uniforms, shoes, a backpack and lunchbox, it is safe to say you will probably be spending a small fortune on these items. If you and your spouse do not have a prior arrangement worked out, it is a good idea to split the cost of these supplies, so one of you is not bearing the brunt of it.

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Posted on in Child Custody
Illinois custody attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,The impact of a divorce on children can have strong and lasting effects, impacting the education, social life, and emotional well being. It is for these and other reasons great care is taken to create a custody agreement that is best for the children. However, violating a custody agreement, even in the slightest way, can alter the terms of that agreement and negatively affect your relationship with the children and your ex-spouse.

What Should You Do?

You agree to a custody arrangement and think everything is fine. Then, when it comes time to make a lawful visit, your ex-spouse throws up roadblocks or prevents the visit completely. The steps you should take next are not always clear.
  • Some say you should call the police, but some officers will tell you to take up the matter with the court. Others may be more sympathetic and attempt to intervene and accompany you to your schedule visitation in order to ensure the other parent fully complies.
  • If police are unwilling to get involved, work with your attorney to file an appropriate motion to compel compliance.

Minor Violations and Major Violations

Depending on the nature of the custody agreement violation, you may wish to consider strategies to remedy the situation and prevent future problems.
  • A minor violation such as a misunderstanding, an unintentional delay, or other inconvenience most often is settled through calm communication. However, repeated behavior or a pattern of minor violations may warrant taking more aggressive action.
  • A major violation that places the health or safety of a child at risk, such as taking children on an unauthorized trip, leaving them unattended for long periods or exposing them to potentially dangerous situations may call for more drastic measures.
Regardless of the action you plan to take, remember that the consequences will impact your children.Try to avoid vindictive behavior, and attempt to reach a resolution that is in the best interest of the kids.

Rely on an Experienced Aurora Child Custody and Visitation Agreement Lawyer

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Posted on in Divorce
Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce laws,Most married couples will tell you that the relationship is fraught with hurdles and tough decisions. When outside influences weigh on the relationship it can have a negative impact on the union. An addiction can be most damaging, even to the point of resulting in an annulment or divorce.

Addiction and Marriage Is Not a Great Pairing

The horror stories of those who were married to an addict, in addition to the experiences of those who fought their addiction, should be enough to scare most individuals. However, the reality is that addictions impact thousands of marriages every year and, even heroic efforts at recovery and reconciliation by both parties many times are not enough to save a marriage.
  • Whether drugs, alcohol, gambling or some other vice, an addiction is usually accompanied by such behaviors as lying, cheating, and stealing; behaviors not conducive to a healthy marriage.
  • An addiction can even put the health and safety of other family members at risk.
  • If left unaddressed, an addiction generally results in great loss. This may include but is not limited to one’s health, financial stability, employment and even their life.
All of these factors are serious enough for the spouse of an addict to seek a divorce.

Divorcing an Addict

While deciding to divorce an addict may seem like an easy call, it is a decision that carries the same emotional baggage as deciding to divorce under other circumstances. After all, this marriage was supposed to last forever.
  • The threat of divorce usually is not enough to force an addict into rehabilitation. Avoid a repeating cycle of destructive behavior and stick to your principles.
  • Approximately 1.2 million divorces each year involve at least one addict.
  • Take steps to document the addictive and destructive behavior of your spouse, and protect yourself and your children from potential emotional and physical harm.
  • Strongly consider including rehabilitation and ongoing recovery program participation as part of any divorce settlement.
  • Seek help for yourself and your children. An addict’s behavior can have a negative impact on those around them, counseling can help.

Consult an Experienced DuPage County Divorce Attorney When You Want to End Your Marriage

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