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joint custody after divorceDivorce is painful, sometimes unexpected, financially and emotionally draining and, most often, difficult on the children involved. Fortunately, the concept of shared joint custody between two responsible parents is on the rise.

For those residing in Illinois, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5) recognizes joint custody as one of the two basics forms of child custody, the other being sole custody.

When it works well, joint custody permits continuing involvement of both parents in the lives of their children, providing them with a more encouraging outlook for the future.


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


People often consider pets to be family members.  That deep affection means that cats and dogs can be sore subjects during divorce cases.  Who should have custody of the family pet when they family has split?  The fact is that legally, pets are often looked at as property when dividing assets during a divorce.  There are certain facts that can be influence the decision of where Fido ends up.

The owner of the pet is often given precedence in any pet custody case.  It is similar to the determination of separate property or marital property.   If the pet was purchased before the marriage, then it may be considered a separate asset not subject to division.  But the initial purchase won’t be the only way to pay for a pet; there are also considerations about who pays for the pet&s food and medical expenses.

The other way that custody is decided is based on who provides care for the animal, much like when determining child custody.  That could mean that the person who takes the animal to the vet or the person who takes the animal for walks can have an easier time claiming pet custody.  Another way to show who the primary caregiver of a pet is who cares for the animal during the split.


The issue with any fight is that there isn&t always a clear end or a clear winner.  While divorce doesn&t have to be a battle, going to court may create one.  The following is things you may expect if you decide to forgo mediation and decide on carrying out a lawsuit to gain dissolution to your marriage.

The first thing you can expect is for a litigious divorce to take a while.  There is no arbitrary time limit that dictates how long a divorce can be in court.  It can take anywhere from months to years to differing degrees of annoyance.

The second is that the litigation may end up being quite costly.  Lawyer fees will generally mount as couples find it impossible to agree on topics like child custody or financial support.  This goes hand in hand with the lengthy process of litigating a divorce.


Dennis Rodman was known as a rebounding machine before he joined the Chicago Bulls in 1995.  While he played for the Bulls, he won three titles alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.  His personal life was considerably wild; he was notorious for his "bad boy" persona and willingness to act outlandish both on and off the court.  He ever showed up to a book signing in a wedding dress and claimed he was marrying himself in 1996.

In 1999, Rodman met Michelle Moyer who he had two children with in 2000 and 2001.  They were married on his 42nd birthday in 2003.  There union was tenuous, as Michelle filed for divorce in 2004 yet the couple spent years trying to reconcile.  During that time, Rodman had multiple issues with alcohol and spousal abuse.  The divorce was finalized earlier in 2012.  At that time, Michelle claimed that Dennis owed back child and spousal support.

On Thursday, December 6th, Rodman was found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to Michelle.  Rodman claimed that he unintentionally paid too little which is why he didn&t receive any jail time or community service.  They agreed to this sum outside of court, although Michelle’s lawyer argued in court that the figure totaled to be around $850,000.  He was also informed that he could face jail time if he does not pay the back child support.


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The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is the legal basis for child custody proceedings in Illinois. The Act has statutes on child custody matters in case of dissolution or invalidation of marriage, as well as for governing a case of a parent petitioning for custody in the county where they are permanent residents. The IMDMA also talks about matters that might not be as common in courtrooms, and we will look at one of these matters.

The right of a stepparent to file a petition for custody under certain conditions is part of the IMDMA. Since this is not the most common arrangement, there are conditions for these proceedings. The conditions list all of the following:

- the child is at least 12 years old

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