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IL family lawyerIn Illinois, the term child custody was replaced by parental responsibilities in 2016. Instead of one or both parents having “custody” of a child, the parents must create an agreement that allocates the parental responsibilities and parenting time. Parenting time is the term that replaced visitation in the 2016 law, as well. This agreement is called a parenting plan.

What Is a Parenting Plan?

When getting a divorce, the parents of a child must decide how the child will be taken care of after the separation. A parenting plan will be drafted that explains which parent has what responsibilities, and who the child will see and when. A schedule will be created that both parents and the child will follow after the divorce. That schedule may include what days a child spends with either parent, who picks up the child from school, and what activities each parent is involved in.

The best way to create a parenting plan is with your attorney. Here are some things to think about when writing a parenting plan:


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IL divorce lawyerA name is a crucial part of your identity. Although it has become more popular for women to keep their birth name after getting married, a person who changes their name also has the option to change it back after a divorce.

A person may decide to change their name back to their birth name to disassociate themselves from their ex-partner. However, that may prove difficult if you are professionally known by your spouse’s last name, or if that is the last name you share with children from the marriage. It may be easier to wait on changing your name legally until after you are retired or your children have started lives of your own. There are no legal requirements to change your name in regards to a marriage or divorce, it is all about personal preference.

To return your name to what it was before, the easiest way will be to include it in your divorce filing. This is then signed by the judge as part of the final divorce agreement. You may be asked to explain why you wish for a change of name to ensure there is no malicious intent in regards to fraud. An amendment can be included if you decide to change your name during the divorce process as opposed to the start of it.


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Joliet domestic violence family law attorneyAfter being born, children learn basic instincts, such as walking and talking, from their parents. They also rely on parents to teach them skills that will allow them to become self-sufficient. However, parents can also have a negative impact on their children. In a home where domestic violence has occurred, even young children can sense the problems, and witnessing violence can have lasting effects on children of all ages. 

What Is Considered Domestic Violence? 

Domestic violence is a series of behaviors used by a person to maintain power over his or her romantic partner. This may include threats, physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, isolation, or emotional manipulation. Domestic violence is seen in all social, economic, and racial groups, and it can affect partnerships ranging from casual relations to married couples. Whether intentional or not, the abuser uses their power to keep the victim in the unhealthy relationship. 

Millions of children witness abuse at home every year. A child deserves a healthy and safe home environment, but in cases involving domestic violence, home may be the last place he or she would want to be. Living with domestic abuse may mean witnessing physical violence, hearing fights, and seeing the aftermath, such as bruises or property damage. When they live in a home where violence is occurring, children may experience a variety of negative effects, including:


Will County restraining order attorney domestic abuseFew people expect that they will need to protect themselves against a romantic partner. However, one out of four women and one out of nine men experience domestic violence, which makes up 15 percent of all violent crimes. Victims can take steps to escape an abusive situation by proving the violence in court and having an order of protection placed against their partner or spouse. However, after doing so, many struggle to move on and rebuild their lives. 

What Is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection (commonly known as a restraining order) is a court document that provides legal protection for victims of domestic violence, abuse, or stalking. An order of protection can include a variety of requirements, including an order to stop the abuse, limits on contact between an abuser and their victims, and a requirement for the abuser to move out of a shared home. Having a restraining order in place can provide safety, and an abuser can face serious consequences, including criminal charges, if they disobey the order. Police will take any domestic calls very seriously when a person has an order of protection.

Adjusting to Changes in Your Life

Being a survivor of domestic violence or abuse can have long term effects on your life. The healing process is gradual and individual, but these tips can get you started towards building a happier and healthier life for yourself:


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Will County order of protection attorneyWhile you are in a relationship, it may difficult to recognize the signs of domestic abuse. However, just as you may recognize the symptoms of an illness, there are signs to be aware of that show that you may be a victim of abuse. It is important to recognize these signs and take steps to protect yourself and your family from harm. 

What Is Domestic Abuse?

In Illinois, physical harm, willful restriction of personal liberties, threats, harassment, and stalking are all considered domestic abuse. Accusations of abuse are very serious, and they could lead to criminal consequences such as jail time or fines, as well as decisions in family court that affect divorce proceedings and the allocation of parental responsibility, or child custody. 

The signs of domestic abuse may not be obvious to you, especially when the abuse is emotional as opposed to physical. Look out for these signs of abuse in your relationship:


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