Archive, December 2014.

A recent audit report reveals that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) cannot accurately account for thousands of runaway or missing foster-care children. For example, the agency admitted that it cannot always distinguish between actual runaways and children who might have temporarily left home without informing their caregivers. Moreover, DCFS does not track the number of foster children who disappear each year or where they disappear from. DCFS officials did not deny that a problem exists, and said that they are working to improve their tracking system.
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An Illinois judge recently ruled that a Missouri teenager who has been hospitalized in Chicago should not be returned to his mother. The teen became a temporary ward of this state after the hospital reported his mother for medical child abuse. She wants to move him to another hospital in a different state, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services believes that she is interfering with her son’s medical treatment. For that reason, he has been placed under temporary protective custody in Illinois.*
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If your child is now, has ever been, or someday is, in trouble with the law, you might be concerned about the state of Illinois’s juvenile justice system and how it may affect your visitation rights.
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While homeless families have fewer resources, they still enjoy the same protections under Illinois law. The state cannot deny its homeless citizens access to basic public services and must protect their legal rights. Specific guarantees are enumerated in the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless, including:
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The duty to pay child support stems from the child’s needs as well as the parent’s ability to pay. The second part of that equation depends on the supporting parent’s financial resources and needs. In other words, it is difficult to order parents to pay beyond their means. But what do such “means” include? Two years ago the Illinois Supreme Court considered whether money regularly drawn from a savings account is considered income for child support purposes.
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The New York Times recently published an article debunking the widely held “myth” about sky-high divorce rates. Contrary to popular belief, “It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time.” The truth is that the divorce rate peaked three decades ago and has been in decline ever since. According to the numbers:

In June 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court considered whether state law permits child support payments to noncustodial parents. Typically, it is the noncustodial parent who makes support payments because this parent does not have physical custody of the child. And if the custodial parent has sole custody, then the noncustodial parent does not have legal custody either.
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Domestic abuse is not a cookie-cutter crime. The abuse can take on many different forms, including harassment by telephone (if directed toward a family or household member, or a significant other). Keep in mind that this category of harassment is not limited to telephone calls; rather, it also includes electronic communications such as text messages, emails and messages transmitted via social media outlets like Facebook. Those facing harassment from a spouse may wish to speak to an experienced attorney for help obtaining an order of protection.
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