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Paternity establishes visitation rights and other benefits

Fathers in Illinois who are not married to their child's mother may wonder whether they will be allowed visitation rights, or even custody. According to FindLaw, the courts approach custody issues assuming that it is in a child's best interests to be able to spend quality time with each parent, with few exceptions. As long as a father has established paternity, the child's mother is unlikely to be able to prevent him from spending time with his child.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services explains that paternity is not just a biological connection; the relationship is a legal one. Even if a father knows he is a biological parent, if he was not married to the mother at the time of birth or within 300 days before it, he is not legally a parent. 

Child support and your passport

If you are an avid traveler or leave the country from time to time in order to conduct business, it is important to be aware of the different ways that your divorce could affect your ability to leave the country. During a divorce, you might find that the process interferes with your ability to go overseas or even travel within the U.S. due to time constraints or stress. However, there are other reasons why splitting up with your spouse could affect your traveling. For example, you may run into problems if you are unable to pay child support.

Many different family law matters can create challenges for couples, especially if they have kids. From custody to child support, custodial and non-custodial parents may run into a number of difficulties. However, some parents struggle with keeping up on their child support obligations, especially if they have lost a job or are facing monetary problems for another reason. Unfortunately, if you become delinquent on your child support, you might experience a number of troubles in life, from the threat of arrest to a damaged reputation. In fact, you might not even be able to apply for a passport or could have your passport revoked.

Preparing to help a child through relocation during divorce

For many divorcing parents in Illinois, the decision to separate was not made without considerable forethought. Often, this unfortunate outcome is the most effective solution to resolving marital conflict before differences get too out of hand. However, a divorce can be especially difficult on children who are still struggling to understand why their parents are suddenly separated and living on their own. In many cases, relocation is necessary and may require children to travel between their parents to maintain relationships and get time with both of their parents. 

According to the Huffington Post, when parents are faced with the very real possibility of relocation, there are some important factors they must remember in regards to their children. These include the following:

  • In many courts, precedence to the well-being of the children and their stability is taken over the convenience of the custodial parent's location to his or her job for example.
  • Often, the outcome for many parents is a lose-lose situation with both parents needing to be flexible and willing to give up convenience and personal preference to reach an agreeable solution.
  • Parents cannot expect an arrangement that worked for one family to work for them. Custody arrangements in relation to relocation are different for every family to best accommodate the needs of children given their family dynamic.

Illinois defines collaborative divorce, will it change anything?

The words “collaborative” and “divorce” typically do not go together. With the passing of a new Illinois law, attorneys are thrown for a loop when it comes to breaking down the guidelines for this new legal phenomenon. Collaborative divorce is not for everyone but it can make the process more palatable for those who find it works for their situation.

How collaborative divorce works

Are property division issues becoming more complex in divorce?

According to a U.S. census report, Americans are waiting longer to get married. Whereas 80 percent of Americans in the 1970s were married by the time they reached their 30s, that same percentage is now obtained at the age of 45. 

Couple may wish to have financial stability, success in their careers, or other measures of stability before tying the knot. By waiting, it is also more likely that couples will separately own more assets. Yet in the event of divorce, that may raise more complex property division questions.

Could The New Child Support Model Improve Your Situation?

The allocation of parental responsibilities makes an impact on how much child support you will pay under Illinois’ new child support payment ruling. Here are some main points of the new calculation method used to determine the level of child support expected from each parent and its pros and cons.

Parenting Time And Pay

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