Parenting time is often one of the most contentious of family law issues, so understanding state law is imperative. A key factor in this is understanding the child's "best interests" and how the court will decide upon the allocation of parenting time.
In Illinois and throughout the nation, courts are facing family law issues related to same-sex couples. These can be especially complex cases, with the changing landscape of how these relationships are viewed. This makes it important to watch legal decisions. It is of notable importance when same-sex partners share a child, with one being the biological parent, and the couple decides to end their relationship. The allocation of parental responsibilities can be one of the most difficult family law issues.
Illinois parents who share a child but are not together as a couple any longer must determine who will have custody and how much will be paid in child support by the supporting parent. While issues such as paying, child support enforcement and other factors will frequently arise, there are situations in which one of the parents would like to have child support modifications completed. There are certain rules that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) uses to modify support.
Divorcing couples in Illinois have a number of issues to deal with. For one, they have to worry about dividing up their marital property, including their family home, vehicles, and other prized possessions. Another common issue, is dealing with child custody arrangements. Determining where the child will live, how much time they get with each parent, and how much influence each parent has on the child's life can be challenging.