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Joliet family law attorneyIllinois courts want to preserve the relationship between a child and both of his or her parents whenever possible. However, in cases where there is a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, or other concerns that place the child’s safety at risk, courts may order supervised visitation or other restrictions on parenting time. Supervised visitation is when a third-party monitor is present at all times during exchanges and visits between the child and parent. The monitor can be a family member, friend, or professional hired for the role. Courts may also order restrictions on parenting time such as limiting the parent’s visits to certain times or places, prohibiting certain activities, requiring testing for substance use or other restrictions. 

Why is Supervised Parenting Time Ordered by the Court? 

The child's best interests are the top priority for the court when deciding parenting time restrictions or any other child-related matter. Supervised visitation may be ordered if it is believed that this arrangement will ensure that the child is provided with a safe, stable and nurturing environment. Domestic violence, abuse, neglect, drug or alcohol abuse, severe mental health issues, or other concerns are some of the issues that may result in a court ordering supervised parenting time. 

Other Parenting Time Restrictions

Supervised visitation is just one of several parenting time restrictions the court may impose to keep a child safe. Sometimes, the amount of parenting time is reduced. A parent may only be allowed to see his or her child once a week, for example. In cases involving severe neglect or abuse, a parent's parenting time may be eliminated entirely. 

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What is the Role of a QDRO in an Illinois Divorce?

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Joliet retirement asset division lawyerA qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO, is a legal document that is typically used in conjunction with a divorce decree in order to divide retirement assets between spouses. In the state of Illinois, there are specific rules that must be followed in order for a QDRO to be valid.

If you are going through a divorce and you have retirement assets, it is important to understand the role of a QDRO in dividing those assets. An experienced Illinois divorce attorney can help you ensure that your QDRO is properly drafted and filed so that your interests are protected.

Retirement Assets in a Divorce

When most people think about dividing property in a divorce, they think about vehicles, real estate, and household items such as furniture. However, retirement accounts must also be dealt with during divorce. In Illinois, retirement assets acquired during the marriage are considered to be marital property and are subject to equitable distribution. Retirement funds that a spouse already acquired before getting married are usually considered non-marital assets. Consequently, retirement assets may be considered partly marital and partly non-marital during a divorce.

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10 Tips for Divorcing a Narcissist Spouse 

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Joliet Divorce Lawyers

The term "narcissist" refers to a person who is excessively self-absorbed and lacking in empathy. Narcissism often manifests itself as a need for admiration and attention. Someone with narcissistic tendencies may try to control or manipulate other people, intentionally start drama, or be excessively aggressive. 

If you are divorcing a narcissistic spouse, then you know that the process is likely to be long, draining, and frustrating. There is no way to eliminate hardship and challenges during your divorce completely, but the following tips may help. 

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How Much Alimony Can You Get In Illinois?

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Plainfield Divorce Lawyer

Divorce cases sometimes include an order requiring one spouse to provide continued financial support to the other spouse. These payments are referred to as “spousal maintenance” in Illinois law, but the terms “alimony” and “spousal support” are sometimes used colloquially.  If you are getting divorced, you may have questions about the role spousal maintenance will play in your case. Read on to learn more.

Circumstances Under Which Spousal Maintenance May be Ordered

Spousal maintenance is only ordered in a small percentage of Illinois divorce cases. There are three main circumstances under which a spouse may receive maintenance payments in a divorce:

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Joliet Child Custody Lawyer

Children are growing up in a world that bears almost no resemblance to the world in which their parents grew up. From smartphones to remote learning, it can seem as if everything is different. If you are a parent and you plan to share custody with your ex, you may worry about how you and the other parent will manage child-related matters as divorced or separated co-parents. There is no way to completely eliminate parenting disagreements. However, many co-parents find that they can avoid future conflict by discussing child-related matters and making a parenting plan before these issues arise. As you and your child's other parent start building your parenting plan, make sure to consider the following technology-related matters.

Screen Time Limits

Many parents worry about the effects of too much "screen time," or time in front of a television or computer screen, on their children. Excessive screen time is associated with obesity, reduced social skills, sleep problems, and even developmental delays. It will be easier to enforce screen time limits if you and your child's other parent are on the same page about the amount of time your children should spend on computers, tablets, and other electronic devices.

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