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Child custody: How to deal with the threat of parental kidnapping

Parental kidnapping or custodial interference sometimes happen when parents are involved in divorce disputes. An emotionally distraught parent might take a child to another state without the consent of the other parent. This could happen before or after a court has awarded child custody, and it is a crime that could be prosecuted as a felony under Illinois State or federal law.

Changing a divorce settlement agreement is tough but possible

Very few people in Illinois will likely consider the possibility that they might have to come back to the court to ask for changes to their settlement agreement. Once the final divorce decree is issued, the relief can be indescribable, but circumstances change, and modifications might be necessary. While such changes are never easy to achieve, it is possible if the appropriate steps are taken. The procedures depend on whether amendments are sought for spousal support, child custody or child support.

Family law: Will Illinois pass proposed new divorce laws?

State Representative Ford recently sponsored a bill designed to bring about changes to the existing parenting time system. If this debate goes his way, Illinois might be following a route similar to other states that have modified family law to put both parents on an equal footing when it comes to child custody and parenting. However, it will not be easygoing because some resistance exists.

Getting child custody is not a right to exclude the other parent

When a divorce involves children, it can be even more traumatic than without children. As Illinois parents navigate this challenging process, it is essential to keep in mind that they will become ex-spouses, but never ex-parents, regardless of who gets child custody. Children -- especially younger ones -- may find it difficult to understand why their lives are being turned upside down, and making them the priority may help to maintain loving parent-child relationships with both parents.

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