Author Archives: Robert Downs

Illinois Appellate Court Examines Child Relocation and Removal

Relocating a child when the parents share custody is almost always a difficult issue. This is because any relocation can quickly undermine the other parent’s custody rights and make it nearly impossible for that parent to continue having a viable relationship with the child. When a parent seeks to remove a child from the jurisdiction,… Read More »

When Domestic Violence Is a Factor in Your Divorce

Domestic violence matters are frequently in the news these days because of some high-profile cases involving professional football players. If you are planning to divorce, the ramification of similar events in your marriage is important to consider. Much domestic violence goes unreported, but if you have been a victim of abuse, it is critical to… Read More »

What Is the Child Support Advisory Committee?

It is easy to think of child support as a static thing that generally remains the same from one year to the next. However, child support laws and guidelines in Illinois are under constant scrutiny and review. Even though many of the changes are not groundbreaking, these small and regular adjustments are essential to ensuring… Read More »

Preparing for Divorce Mediation in Illinois

Reaching a final divorce settlement can be a time-consuming, emotional and stressful process. That’s why people often enlist the services of a mediator, an impartial person who helps the parties come to an agreement by considering everything at issue in the divorce. In Illinois, when a divorce involves disagreement on child-related issues, the state requires… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Exception to the Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is the multinational treaty that governs how the courts of signatory nations should treat parents who transport children across national boundaries in violation of valid custody determinations. As a treaty, it has been adopted in the United States and receives the force of any… Read More »

The Basics of Visitation in Illinois

As any divorced parent knows, the difficult process of ending a marriage involves even greater challenges when there are kids involved. Accounting for the needs of children in a divorce is a high priority for everyone involved, including parents, attorneys and family court officials. One of the critical matters that needs to be settled in… Read More »

Illinois Supreme Court Raises Standards for Wage Garnishment

All too many parents in Illinois know that winning a favorable child support determination is often only half the battle. A disturbingly high number of noncustodial parents are perfectly content to flout these orders and refuse to pay in defiance of the courts. Direct wage garnishment is one of the most powerful and effective tools… Read More »

Changing Your Last Name After a Divorce

Although it’s becoming more common for women to retain their maiden names when they marry, most still take their husbands’ names, as it represents entry into a new family unit. Unfortunately, a divorce puts a legal end to that family unit, in which case a woman may no longer want to keep her former husband’s… Read More »

Key Considerations Regarding Divorce in Illinois

If you’re considering a divorce, it’s important to understand your state’s laws related to this process. Like most states, Illinois has somewhat complex divorce laws. As you begin the process, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, people in Illinois may divorce on several different grounds. Both fault and no-fault divorce… Read More »

Getting an Expedited Divorce in Illinois

Divorce does not need to always be a lengthy and complicated process. Couples who are willing to work together can often avoid litigation and navigate the process quickly and easily. What’s more, Illinois law provides for joint simplified dissolution of marriage under certain circumstances. This procedure is much faster and simpler than even the most… Read More »