Many Illinois residents are taking note of a major shift in child custody laws that has led to an increase in the number of children living primarily with their fathers. Over the past 50 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of fathers who have pursued and been granted custody of their children.
When an Illinois couple divorces, they might not think about the future of their children if the custodial parent has a job or school offer, remarries or needs the support of family. While sometimes those life changes occur within the state, in other cases, they require the custodial parent to pack up and move, including the child. A judge will make the final decision on child custody matters, but laws vary according to state. Some states don't make the custodial parent show proof as to their reasons for a move. Other states swing toward the protection of the non-custodial parent and tend to keep a child from leaving the state.
State police put out an AMBER alert for a 3-year-old girl after the father allegedly kidnapped the child from her home in Lansing the evening of Jan 23. According to police statements, the man wielded a handgun and forcefully entered his ex-girlfriend's residence on 175th Street. He took the child and left the scene in a black SUV. Reports didn't specify whether the parents had a child custody arrangement in place.
Chicago parents may be interested in proposed laws around the country that promote shared custody of children by divorcing parents. Many of the new laws would suggest or require judges to award equal custody between parents unless there is some compelling reason not to do so, such as a history of abuse by one parent. Advocates say that children benefit when they spend the same amount of time with each parent.
Chicago residents may be interested in an unusual case involving a teenage girl who has been held against her parents' wishes in a children's psychiatric unit for the past ten months. The child custody case began when the 15-year-old girl was taken to Boston Children's Hospital in February with symptoms that were supposedly linked to a mitochondrial disease. She had been diagnosed with the disease by a doctor at Tufts Medical Center.
It is not terribly uncommon for one person to move to another state when preparing to marry. Thus, Illinois residents may wonder what happens if the couple later divorces, and one parent wishes to move home with children born of the marriage. Before up and moving across state lines, the custodial parent must obtain consent from the other parent or the judge. Some basic information on the process may help make things easier.
An Illinois mother will receive custody of her son after a federal judge ruled he must be returned from his father's home in Ireland. The case, which is complicated by its international boundaries, is of interest to families on both sides of the Atlantic.
More than 150 parents from five counties in south Texas were arrested in a week-long operation that was conducted last month. Officials with the Cameron County Sheriff's Office said that these individuals in Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Webb and Hidalgo counties had failed to pay their child support.
After being separated for approximately 35 years, a mother and son will be reunited thanks, in part, to the kindness of a stranger. The separation began when the child's father, who was estranged from the mother, picked the child up at his home in Illinois for what appeared to be a routine visit. According to the mother, the father left the United States with the child and took him to Mexico, ignoring her repeated pleas to have the child returned to her. When the parents eventually divorced, the paperwork did not specify any arrangements regarding child custody or visitation.
Two recent incidents of false allegations of child abuse have received a fair amount of publicity in Illinois and around the country. Parents in Texas have lost child custody after doctors or other individuals reported signs of abuse, only to later discover that the children were affected by a rare medical condition that was responsible for these injuries.