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Jan 03, 2011

Question:Divorce lawyer Leslie Lorenzano

Do you have any advice for a dad who really wants to divorce his wife but is scared of losing his children in the process?

How do I remain a part of my children's lives during and after the divorce process?


Nov 18, 2010

By William Halaz

Attorney, Cordell & Cordell

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something" – Former President Woodrow Wilson

Although it may seem like modifying your child custody or visitation agreement will be the embodiment of Wilson’s quote, it doesn’t have to be.

The first question you have to ask yourself is, "Why am I modifying my child’s schedule?" Children, especially young children, need stability in their lives. That is often why it is so difficult to even get the initial parenting plan worked out; it is intended to last.


Nov 13, 2010

men's divorce lawyer Rachel BrucksQuestion:

My wife and I are in the midst of a custody battle for our child. The Guardian ad Litem is currently doing a case study. The one question I keep having is why my wife's schizophrenia is not a factor in the custody determination?

I have been told since she has never hurt anyone this isn't an issue and can't be used in court to help determine what is in the best interest of our child.

How is her medically diagnosed condition of schizophrenia not a factor? That doesn’t make any sense!


Jul 31, 2009

 Question:

I have been divorced for thirteen years. We have a seventeen year old daughter and a fourteen year old son. Both of our children have had a considerable drop in their school grades through the past four years. In fact, my daughter has recently been caught by police with alchohol, cigarettes, and pot!

Mom does not want to deal with it. I want to have a gaurdian ad litem involved . How can I do this?

I am also concerned of the new stepfather's police history. Mom implies that he has a history of sexual misconduct, but that he is better now. Any advice as to how I can get this information and what I should do to deal with this problem once I have it?


Nov 29, 1999

Question:

Please let me know after this brief recap of my situation if you believe I should contact your firm to set a meeting. I was divorced approximately 1 1/2 years ago. I currently pay $150/week child support (not court ordered). My ex wife is now unemployed. She was fired from her job and it looks as if her prospects for another job are slim at best. She has had her water and electricity turned off several times due to lack of payment (I paid to have these turned back on so my 9 year old daughter would not have to suffer through this situation). My ex is also involved in a "Polyammary" group (a nice name for a small close swingers group). My daughter, although not directly involved or witnessing these activities, is exposed to these people through group picnics, meetings, etc. My ex on several occations has "forgoten" to pick up my daughter from school or other activities. I have been at my current job for 6 years and make approx. 60,000/year. I currently live in a small 1 bedroom rental house but am willing to make what ever arrangements for either renting a larger house or purchasing one to facilitate my daughter's needs. What is the current attitude in the courts for a father to have custody over the mother in a case similar to this? I do not believe my daughter's best interests are being served right now and would like your opinion as to how I should procees.

Answer:

I believe you have a valid case to file a motion to modify custody. I suggest that you contact our Illinois office at 1-866-DADS-LAW. Some factors such as change of school and/or a significant move for the child could be problems. The other factor that could be an issue is the relatively short timeframe since you were divorced. It is worth discussing in more detail with an attorney that is licensed in Illinois.

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