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Divorce Effects on Children Juvenile LawThe ramifications of divorce can be numerous, especially if there are adolescent children involved. The psychological effects of divorce during the developmental years can often leave unresolved issues as your children approach their teens and even adulthood. As a parent how you handled the divorce process by ensuring your children had your support and understanding may have not been enough, especially when it comes to your adolescent engaging in risky behavior.

A teen and parent relatable webpage, created by undergraduate student, Ben Beary of Northern Illinois University, under the guidance of J. Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, Northern Illinois University not only states the obvious, 50 percent of all marriages in the U.S. result in divorce.  Also it reiterates that adolescents of divorced families are more likely to experience academic and psychological problems often leading to risky behavior outbreaks.

If you recently divorced and have noticed an increase in undesirable behavior in your son or daughter and legal issues arise, you may require the services of an experienced family law attorney to assist with navigating through the Illinois juvenile system. How do you help your child on a personal level?

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divorced illinois fathersThe bond between a mother and her child is undeniable. According to a recent article by Parenting magazine contributing editor and co-author of Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Deepak Chopra, M.D., a close personal attachment with your child may prevent diseases, boost immunity and enhance the IQ quotient of your child’s developing mind. Dr. Chopra further believes that maternal bonding has evolved into such a complex physiological phenomenon that touches our hearts, brains, hormones, nervous systems or about every component of our physical being. The study included in Chopra’s book, made possible by a grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition, suggests that a strong maternal bond may prove even more powerful than DNA.

But where does all this research leave Illinois fathers trying to establish a paternal bond with their children post-divorce? Recently, the Illinois Fathers Network, founded in 2008 and recently established as a non-profit organization, is trying to answer this question for Illinois fathers and other non-custodial family members by proposing three revisions to current Illinois statutes.

HB5425 Synopsis

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latchkey kid, single parent, parenting, Illinois family law attorney, divorce attorenyLatchkey kids. For many, these children live in single family homes either due to divorce or explanatory absence of one parent. The concept of latchkey kids dates back to World War II, when fathers left to serve and mothers entered war effort industries. Often awarded a key, dangling from a piece of string placed around their necks, latchkey kids arrived at an empty home and waited for mom to finish her shift. World War II moms often opted for the swing shift, requiring them to lock the door and slip off to work while their children slept. The country realized this was an issue, and promptly set up community centers where Latchkey Kids could safely await mom’s arrival.

These types of programs ended shortly after the war, leaving Americans still wondering how to work, support families and ensure the safety of their children. Sixty-nine years later, latchkey kids remain a societal issue of today’s generation.

Home Alone Act II

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Couples who are hoping to make a difference in the lives of children in Illinois have a number of options available to them through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). While many people consider adoption before other options, agreeing to foster a child or taking guardianship can also provide an option under Illinois family law. Before choosing, it is important that potential parents understand the difference between these three options.

Illinois foster care, guardianship, adoption lawFoster Care

Agreeing to foster a child can make a huge difference in their life. In this option, families agree to give a temporary home to a child who has been removed from their home due to unsafe conditions. While this option is intended to be temporary, it can have an enormous impact on the child’s life. In some cases, it may not be possible for a child to be returned to their former home. Foster parents may be given the option to adopt the child if this happens.

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Illinois is known throughout the country for being one of the toughest places to recover child support judgments. The difficulties of maneuvering the Illinois court system are legendary, with many parents spending years and countless amounts of money trying to recover back due child support payments with no avail. A new law has been passed though, which provides a viable option for parents to reclaim child support payments. On August 12, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that will allow race tracks and casinos to garnish prize money earned at these establishments and allow it to be applied to past due child support payments.

child supportEarlier this year, the state of Illinois reported that over three million dollars of past due child support was owed to local Illinois parents. Illinois is a highly litigious state with an extremely complicated court system that can be daunting to the average citizen. The situation of recovering child support can be even more complicated when the party owing child support is self-employed, a job-hopper and/or resides in a different state. The attempt to recover child support can be an extremely expensive and time consuming process that guarantees no actual payment, even when arrest warrants and judgments are issued against the party owing child support.

Under the law, Illinois gambling locations are required to post signs that alert gamblers to the fact that prize money earned could be garnished for any persons whose name appears in the Department of Healthcare and Family Services system. The earnings are then given to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, who will then distribute the earnings to the parents owed past due child support. The sponsor of the bill, Dunlap Republican Sen. Darin LaHood, believes that the law will allow for around one million dollars to be recovered within the first year of being enacted.

The Illinois Gambling Law is a big feat for those parents seeking to recoup past due child support. Typically, a judgment can be entered for past due child support, but that is no guarantee that the owing party will be forced to pay, or even has the means to do so. The law takes money that the defendant has recently earned, and gives it directly to the parent of the child who is owed money. Call today to discuss the effects this law will have on your current child support situation with one of our family law attorneys here at Angel Traub and Associates in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
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