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child-neglectAnticipatory neglect—or the anticipation that neglect is likely to occur—makes the occasional appearance in family courts. Based on previous actions, it is generally reserved for cases in which the state has taken custody of former children, or when the death of former children was linked back to abuse or neglect. But does it have a place in divorce if one parent truly believes their child or children may be in danger if left unsupervised with the other parent?

Determining Anticipatory Neglect

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child supportIn Illinois, both parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support for their child. All child-related legal matters are made in the child’s best interests. State law provides a calculator that accounts for many factors, such as parents’ income, when determining child support. Once a judge has issued a final child support order, permanent child support payments will begin. You may be wondering how long these child supports payments will continue. Generally, child support payments are required until the child turns 18. There are important exceptions to this rule, however, which may apply to your situation.

Who Pays Child Support?

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property divisionThere are many stressful issues you may encounter during your divorce. One particularly issue that many divorcing spouses face is their financial future after the divorce is finalized. Dealing with the financial issues in a divorce, including property division, alimony, and child support, involves a complex area of the law. You may feel overwhelmed by your options and the entire process. If you are going through a divorce, or considering divorce, there is important information you need to know regarding property division and how this division will affect you.

What Is Marital Property?

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custody decisionIt is common for a child with divorcing parents to express a desire to live with one parent over another. However, it is a frequent misconception that a child, especially an older child, can choose which parent to live with. In Illinois, the law does not allow a child to decide his or her custody arrangement. Instead, “the wishes of the child” is only one of a multitude of factors that a court considers when it awards custody.

Why a Child Cannot Choose Who to Live With

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virtual visitationSometimes, even when the court orders visitation, a parent isn’t able to spend enough time with his or her child. Jobs that require frequent travel, or family circumstances, sometimes make it hard for parents to be there for regular visits. But, thanks to modern technology, in some cases there may be a solution to this issue. Virtual visitation allows for parents and children to connect through things like Skype, Facetime, webcams, email, and text messages.

When Virtual Visitation May Be a Good Idea

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