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What Does It Mean for a Minor to Be Emancipated?

Most people never hear about a minor becoming emancipated unless it involves someone newsworthy - a teenage actor or actress, for instance - who wants to become legally self-sufficient. The assumption may be that these famous people are trying to protect their earnings from their parents, but there are other reasons why a minor might want to become emancipated. 

Visitation and the Reluctant Child

For divorced parents with children, even if you have legitimate grievances with each other, all of that needs to be set aside when it comes to your children. Numerous studies have shown that having quality relationships with both parents is much better for kids in the long run than having strained or nonexistent relationships. 

Do Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

For many years, the process of artificial insemination was seen as the exclusive province of married heterosexual couples who were not able to have a child on their own. As societal norms shift and more people are able to explore their options as potential parents, single women and lesbian couples increasingly turn to artificial insemination. 

Appellate Case Clarifies the Definition of Income in Child Support Cases

Child support in Illinois is usually calculated based upon the parent's respective incomes. For the vast majority of people, determining income is fairly straightforward. For higher asset individuals such as those with significant investments, however, the issue can become somewhat murky. 

Ongoing Efforts at Child Support Reform in Illinois

Federal law requires all states to adopt a uniform system for setting presumptive child support obligations. However, the states are not obligated to adopt any specific scheme. As a result, there are two overarching child support formulas states have gravitated toward. Illinois follows the less common of the two, but reform efforts are under way to change the fundamental formula that determines basic child support obligations. 

Parenting Education Programs: The Basics

In cases involving child custody or visitation, including situations in which someone is seeking a modification to an existing arrangement, the state of Illinois requires parents to complete an authorized parenting education program. The purpose is to foster better relationships between the parents, and between the parents and their children, by providing information and guidance. Another goal of the program is to reduce the necessity for litigation in divorce proceedings. 

What Is Supervised Visitation?

In any divorce settlement involving children, the top priority is the wellbeing and best interests of the kids. Because every family is different and faces unique challenges and circumstances, itâ€TMs important that the system have a process in place for handling a variety of family situations, such as when there is a need for supervised visitation with the noncustodial parent.

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 parentâ€TMs 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, the stakes can be even higher. 

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 parents and children in the state are subject to support orders that are fair, reasonable and realistic under the current economic conditions. In Illinois, the Child Support Advisory Committee is responsible for recommending these changes. 

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 other duly enacted federal law in our courts.  

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