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Can you relocate if you do not have custody of your child?

Dealing with a divorce is a tough situation. If you have children, then it is even more difficult. Either you or the other parent will likely move out of your family home before the divorce is final and custody has been decided. If you wish you to move and you are the one the children have been with, you could face issues. This is especially true if you decide you want to move out of Illinois.

Judges can award joint ownership of pets in IL divorce cases

Emotions are probably already running high in a typical Illinois divorce before a couple starts to discuss the family's pets. In some situations, the animal may have already expressed a preference for one spouse over the other. However, in the past, a pet's wishes have not been considered in divorce court unless the spouses themselves have thought about it and come to an agreement on their own. Sadly, the result of a judge's decision could mean emotional difficulties for the animal as well as the humans who love it.

Should your child be involved in developing the parenting plan?

You and your spouse have agreed that divorcing is the best thing for everyone in the family. Even your children seem relieved when the two of you sit down to talk to them about it. Naturally, they want to know which of you they will spend more time with, and if they will have to move, and they may have some very definite ideas about how things should go. Should you accept their input when you draw up a parenting plan schedule?

What is sole custody?

If you are involved in a custody case in Illinois, you should know the different options you have in the type of custody you can request. One of those is sole custody. According to The Spruce, sole custody is when one parent has the sole responsibility and control over the children. If you are granted sole custody, you do not need to confer with your children's other parent when making major decisions if you do not want to. You have the authority to make any and all decisions about your children.

What is virtual visitation?

There are a variety of situations courts run up against when deciding child custody cases in Illinois. In any situation, though, the court's main concern is creating a parenting plan that is best for the child and considers the child's ability to have a healthy relationship with both parents. A relatively new idea has been introduced in courts called virtual visitation, which according to Divorce Help for Parents, is where technology is used to assist with visitation when the parent cannot physically be with the child.

Tips for establishing a parenting plan

If you are in the middle of an Illinois divorce, you may be asking yourself daily what is in the best interests of your children. Establishing a solid, mutually agreeable parenting plan is a great step toward helping your children adjust during the transitional period, and it can also help you and the other parent work to prevent disagreements before they occur. At Fawell & Fawell, we have assisted many clients as they navigate the complexities of divorce and related family law matters, and we have a broad understanding of Illinois laws as they relate to these subjects.

Considerations in securing financial aid during divorce

If you have ever gone through an Illinois divorce, you know that separating from your spouse involves big changes in many areas of your life. While you may not have to give it the same immediate attention you would, say, finding a new residence, it is important to understand how your divorce may affect your child’s ability to secure financial aid for college. At Fawell & Fawell, we have helped countless clients navigate through separations and divorces, and we have a firm understanding of the various areas in which doing so may impact your life.

Sometimes a father must fight for his parenting rights

So often, men work to keep up a brave front, even when they are hurting deeply. And when a marriage comes to an end, a man may carry more remorse and guilt than he will ever reveal. This can be especially true for fathers who believe they might have contributed to the unhappiness that befell the family during the latter days of the marriage.

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